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The Waikato Mayoral Forum and Co-Lab Board established a Waikato Centre of Excellence (known as the Road Asset Technical Accord – RATA) in road asset management in 2014. Since this time RATA has continued to expand its service offering across partner Councils across the Waikato region. From September 2019 the Co-Lab Board approved an evolution of RATA to become the REGIONAL Asset Technical Accord with an expansion to supporting waters collaboration.
The RATA Purpose statement is:
GOOD PRACTICE asset management to improve wellbeing of communities.
Emphasis is placed on Good Practice as opposed to Best Practice, which is more difficult to define and is constantly changing. Good Practice reflects RATA striving to keep our partner councils at the front end of good practice by focusing on what is within RATA’s control.
Our partner councils through the Waikato region have told RATA that they require us to exhibit good practice above all else, followed by good quality data, doing the right thing at the right time, and working on common priorities. The word map below provides a good overall picture of relative priorities for our partner councils.