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Supplier collaboration first for Central Hawke's Bay

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In a first for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, a Strategic Supplier Collaboration meeting has been held to establish collaborative working foundations across all of Council’s major suppliers.

Each year, Council funds over $12 million dollars in external contract works across its diverse operational portfolio from parks and cemeteries, to kerbside collection, roading, water and wastewater services and other technical functions required to deliver these services. Ensuring the community receives the best ‘bang for its buck’ is essential, with the Contract market tightening and Central Hawke’s Bay investment in projects such as #thebigwaterstory requiring a different approach to procuring works.

"Unlike bigger Districts with other funding sources and more residents, we have no choice but to work together and think smarter about how we deliver services, to achieve customer excellence", says Chief Executive Officer Monique Davidson. "We all owe it to the community, whether as employees of Council or Contractors, to work together to achieve the very best we can for Central Hawke’s Bay".

The collaboration meeting included Downer - Councils Roading Contractor, Higgins - Councils Landfill and Reseals Contractor, Recreational Services and Veolia - as the new joint venture for Parks and three waters, Stantech - as Councils Professional Service Providers and Smart Environmental - Councils recycling and Transfer Station Operator. The collaboration meeting was an industry leading best practice approach to Contract Management, a further example of smart thinking and innovation being implemented at Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.

The result of the day was a platform for all of Councils key suppliers to work together, to deliver on the future vision for Central Hawke’s Bay. In the new year, an Improvement Plan Framework to collectively measure and deliver change for Central Hawke’s Bay across all of its key suppliers will be developed, to ensure the value the community receives from all of its strategic suppliers is increased.

"This new platform for contract management is Thrive coming alive", says Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships Doug Tate. "Literally together we thrive. This new approach allows us to turn on its head traditional contract thinking to deliver the very best outcomes for Central Hawke’s Bay".

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