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Funding approved for council efficiency study

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council's has today approved the use of $40,000 to fund studies into the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council's activities.

The funding will be used in three areas. It will be used to further scope opportunities for inter-regional council and central government collaboration, and to look at where the Regional Council can increase collaboration with local city and district councils, iwi and key business and community interests to explore the diversification of the regional economy.

The study will also include an assessment of the role local government in Hawke's Bay plays in enabling or hindering socio-economic development, and whether any changes to local government strategies and processes would add further value to the economy.

An amount of $50,000 was originally allocated for the study last financial year. Hawke's Bay Regional Council has already used $10,000 for a report investigating the options and advantages of entering shared service arrangements with the neighbouring Horizons Regional Council or with any Hawke's Bay-based arrangements that may be formed.

Council received a briefing on economic performance from Sean Bevan of Economic Solutions Ltd. The crux of his report, which was based on statistics from InfoMetrics, is that over the ten years Hawke's Bay has consistently tracked in line with national economic indicators and has performed better in one or two key areas.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council resolved that the studies would be conducted either by an individual or an agency independent of councils. The Regional Council is inviting the other councils in Hawke's Bay to participate in a collaborative process to scope the study on the role of local government

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