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Review of council-controlled organisations (CCOs)

He arotake o ngā whakahaere e whakahaerengia ana e te kaunihera (CCO)

We've appointed an independent panel to review how well our CCOs are working.

Why the review is needed

CCOs are separate organisations that are owned by the council and overseen by an independent board of directors.

They were established ten years ago, so we've decided to review the CCO model to ensure it is working for our city and our people in 2020.

To do this, we've appointed an independent panel.

The role of the independent panel

The panel's role is to identify what is working well, what is not working, and how we can improve.

It will provide recommendations to ensure:

  • the services CCOs provide are efficient and effective
  • their decision-making has satisfactory levels of political oversight, public transparency, and accountability.

CCOs covered by the review

The five CCOs covered by the review are:

  • Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
  • Auckland Transport (AT)
  • Panuku Development Auckland
  • Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA)
  • Watercare.

Timeline for the review

​Independent panel appointed December 2019
Public engagement​ 21 February - 22 March 2020​
​Panel's report on key issues, community and stakeholder feedback ​May 2020
Panel's final report and recommendations​ July 2020​


Who is on the independent panel

The three expert panel members were appointed by the Governing Body in December 2019.

They are:

  • Miriam Dean (Chair)
  • Doug Martin
  • Leigh Auton

To learn more about the panel members, read our media release.

To learn more about the independent review and the panel's remit, read the terms of reference.

Stakeholder updates from the chair

Attend one of our drop-in sessions

These sessions are a chance to drop in and talk to the Independent Panel members face-to-face and share your views.

Date​ ​Time Venue​
Wednesday 4 March 2020​ ​2-4pm ​Birkenhead Library, Corner Rawene Road and Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead.
​​Thursday 5 March 2020 ​3pm-4pm​Warkworth Town Hall, 2 Alnwick Street, Warkworth. 
Thursday 12 March 2020​ ​5-7pm​ Manukau Library and Research Centre, 3 Osterly Way, Manuakau​​.
​Tuesday 17 March 2020 5-7pm Te Manawa, 11 Kohuhu Lane, Westgate.

 Drop in session on 19 March cancelled

Due to the evolving seriousness of COVID-19 the CCO review public drop in session on Thursday 19 March has been cancelled.

We have other options to provide your views. The panel remains available between 12pm and 2pm, so please email if you would like to arrange a phone call with members of the panel during that time.

Or you can provide feedback online at through to 22 March. 

Get in touch

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about the CCO review, you can email

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