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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.


Get in touch

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

Stakeholder updates from the chair

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