The new Government has indicated their intention to utilise the CCO model for future water entities. Join us to look at the way we can work effectively to establish and work with CCOs.

  • 08 May 2024-09 May 2024
  • 09:00 - 17:00
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  • Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston St, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand
  • 950.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 1,100.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

The new Government has indicated their intention to utilise the CCO model for future water entities. Join us to look at the way we can effectively in establish and work with CCOs.

Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) come in a range of shapes and sizes. They operate between the local political world of Council and the specific, often commercial, imperative of the CCO. Working effectively with CCOs is crucial to ensuring good alignment, good outcomes and reducing the potential for friction and divergence.

As the Government looks to utilise the model of CCOs for future water entities, the way we can work effectively in establishing CCOs, and ensuring clear and agreed outcomes, will be more important than ever.

This Forum will cover:

  • CCO processes
  • Statements of Intent and Director Appointments
  • the roles of Councillors and Directors
  • an update on legal and taxation matters
  • real world examples and learnings from established CCOs
  • working with a water CCO
  • real-world ways to bring together multiple councils into a CCO entity

If you only attend one CCO event this year, make sure this is it!

Day One - 08 May 2024

9.00am Registration opens
Tea and coffee from 9.00 am

9.30am Mihi Whakatau

9.45am Welcome to the Forum
Seán Mahoney, General Manager, Sector Performance Taituarā

10.00am Recent developments with CCOs
Mike Wakefield and Paddy McNamara, Partners, Simpson Grierson.

11.00am Taxation & CCOs
Phil Fisher, Partner PWC & Antonia Robertson, Partner, PWC

12.00pm Lunch

1.00pm CCO challenges and opportunities
Nick Davis, Partner, Martin Jenkins

1.45pm Governance and CCOs - The ability of directors to influence
Nick Leggett, Chief Executive Infrastructure New Zealand & Chair of Wellington Water.

2.30pm The future for CCOs – a panel discussion
Nick Davis, Partner, Martin Jenkins,
Nick Leggett, Chief Executive Infrastructure New Zealand & Chair of Wellington Water,
Paddy McNamara, Partner, Simpson Grierson.

With the Government now looking at options for Water services to be delivered by CCOs do they provide the benefits we think and what role might they play in the future? What are the implications on councils and communities.

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.15pm Three Waters Service Delivery Options – lessons, learnings and opportunities from the Hawkes Bay Business Case
Louise Miller, Chief Executive, Napier City Council and
Dan Bonifant, Managing Director, Morrison Low

In 2019, the Hawke’s Bay Councils worked together to review the current and potential three waters service delivery options for Hawke’s Bay, Te Matau-a-Māui.
This session will cover some of the learnings and journey around establishing a joint entity that may be of value as we construct new water entities.

4.00pm Te Manawataki o Te Papa – establishing two new CCOs to support Tauranga’s city centre transformation.
Phil Kai Fong, Team Leader: Strategic Property Tauranga City Council and
Anne Blakeway, Manager: City Partnerships Tauranga City Council.

4.50pm Summing up Day One followed by Networking drinks

Day Two - 09 May 2024

9.00am Welcome to Day Two

9.05am Statements of Intent
Sarah Johnstone-Smith Principal Advisor, CCO Governance & External Partnerships, Auckland Council and
Rachel Wilson, Principal Advisor - CCO Governance & External Partnership
, Auckland Council.

How Statements of Intent (SOI) fit into the accountability cycle, what makes a good SOI. How Letters of Expectation work and what to do when CCOs don’t meet their expectations?

10.00am Governance and accountability for CCOs
Mark Maloney, Assistant Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General

Mark will outline some principles for good governance of council subsidiaries and cover the issues relevant to CCO governance.

10.45am Morning Tea

11.00am Role of elected members in CCO governance - Panel Session & Q&A
Prue Lamason & Julie Geange

How do Councillors ensure there is effective governance of CCOs without challenging Director's responsibilities? And the vexed question of Councillors as Directors.

11.45am Auckland Council and Watercare
Alastair Cameron, Manager, CCO Governance and External BIDs, Auckland Council

The CCO model is not new to Water services. This session will provide an overview of Watercare, the benefits it has provided, and the challenges of water services at arm’s length.

12.30pm Lunch

1.15pm Insurance and CCOs
Matt Meacham, Principal, Marsh LTD

1.35pm What CCOs need from Councils
David Perks, Chairperson, Regional Tourism NZ

2.05pm CCO Director Appointments
James Stephens, Senior Advisor, CCO Governance & External Partnerships, Auckland Council

The Directors role is crucial for a successful CCO. This session will focus on understanding the legal requirements and accountability for directors, and how to get and retain the best candidates.

2.50pm Final wrap up and closing comments


Mike Wakefield
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Phil Fisher
Tax Partner, PwC Read Profile
Antonia Robertson
Partner – Infrastructure Advisory, PwC Read Profile
Nick Leggett
Chief Executive, Infrastructure New Zealand Read Profile
Louise Miller
Chief Executive at Napier City Council Read Profile
Anne Blakeway
Manager: City Partnerships Read Profile
Mark Maloney
Assistant Auditor-General, Local Government Read Profile
Matthew Meacham
Principal, Corporate, Marsh New Zealand Read Profile
Sarah Johnstone-Smith
Read Profile
Dan Bonifant
Managing Director Read Profile
Alastair Cameron
CCO Governance & External Partnerships, Auckland Council Read Profile
Padraig McNamara
Partner, Simpson Grierson Read Profile
Nick Davis
Partner, MartinJenkins Read Profile