Welcome to Waikato Local Authority Shared Services Ltd. (WLASS)
WLASS is a company owned by twelve councils – Waikato Regional, Hamilton City, Hauraki District, Matamata Piako District, Otorohanga District, Rotorua District, South Waikato District, Taupo District, Thames Coromandel District, Waikato District, Waipa District and Waitomo District.
The company was established in 2005 to promote shared services between local authorities across the Waikato region. By working together, WLASS can reduce costs, achieve effectiveness and efficiency gains, reduce duplication of effort and eliminate waste through repetition, promote and contribute to the development of best practice, and improve customers’ experiences.
Much of the work of WLASS is undertaken by working parties or advisory groups made up of staff representatives from the shareholding councils who have expertise and interest in particular services.
Costs to be involved
Member councils pay a small annual levy, depending on their size. Services obtained are funded on a user pays basis – each council pays for and receives the financial benefits of its share of any particular service.
Board of Directors
The WLASS Board has twelve directors; generally, the chief executive of each of the local authorities representing the shareholding councils. The directors do not receive any fees or expenses for work undertaken on behalf of WLASS.
The Board publishes a Statement of Intent in June and holds an Annual General Meeting in November each year. The accounts are audited annually by Audit New Zealand, and the Annual Report is generally published in August.