Waikato Mayoral Forum
The Waikato Mayoral Forum (which includes local mayors and the regional council chair) is in the process of implementing an integrated work programme over three years to help boost the regional economy and deliver multi-million dollar cost savings.
If you click on the link “Waikato Means Business: An Economic Development Strategy for the Waikato Region” you will see the overall direction that the region is heading with regards to Economic Development.
Future Proof – Hamilton, Waikato, and Waipa Councils Working Together
The estimate is that there will be nearly half a million people living in Hamilton and the surrounding Waikato and Waipa districts by 2061. That means we will almost double our population in the next fifty years. We want to know our future by planning today. It’s important we work together now on the complex issues - future urban and rural land use, transport, natural and cultural resources, roads and essential infrastructure - and come up with a plan for our region to grow well and make the most of sharing its resources, so we have a quality of life we can all enjoy.
Future Proof is that plan. It is a growth strategy specific to the Hamilton, Waipa, and Waikato sub-region and has been developed jointly by Hamilton City Council, Waikato Regional Council, and Waipa and Waikato District Councils, as well as Tangata Whenua, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and Matamata-Piako District Council.
Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)
The purpose of the UNISA Agreement is to establish a long-term collaboration between the Auckland Council (AC), Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BPRC), Northland Regional Council (NRC), Waikato Regional Council (WRC), Hamilton City Council (HCC), Tauranga City Council (TCC) and Whangarei District Council (WDC) for responding to and managing a range of inter-regional and inter-metropolitan issues.
The inter-regional collaboration focus is on:
- economic development linkages
- transport, including rail, roads, freight
- ports, including inland ports
- emergency preparedness
- population and settlement patterns, liveability
- commercial and industrial land development
- international connectivity and competitiveness – air, sea, broadband
- energy security
- climate change, including greenhouse gas emission reduction