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An independent Establishment Board, appointed by the Government, with statutory powers and responsibilities.

Existing councils to retain existing responsibilities but their decision making will be constrained during the transition period.

The establishment Board will be responsible for implementing the reforms and monitoring existing councils’ decision-making and operations.


Six main areas to be managed are:

  • creation of new entities (including Auckland Council and Local Boards)
  • organisational change
  • continued delivery of councils’ and CCOs’ responsibilities
  • continued momentum of key projects such as the Rugby World Cup and waterfront development
  • communications
  • winding up existing organisations.

The priorities for the Establishment Board are:

  • the design, establishment of, and transition to the core structures of the Auckland Council and the local boards
  • the integration of water and wastewater services
  • communications
  • continuing preparations for the Rugby World Cup and the establishment of an Auckland Waterfront Development Agency
  • over-seeing of council services, decision making and key projects.


A Transition Management Group comprising the chief executives of existing councils, Watercare Services Ltd and Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA), possibly with an independent chair, will help support the work of the Establishment Board. It will manage day-to-day business, communicating with staff and managing change processes.

An interim Chief Executive for the Auckland Council will be appointed for no less than two years by the Establishment Board to provide organisational leadership during transition and to act as an important link between the work of the Establishment Board and the new council.

Transition to the new core arrangements will be largely completed by October 2010.


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