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BOPLASS welcomes the recently appointed Chief Executive of Western Bay of Plenty District Council, John Holyoake.

Push Wireless have been appointed as preferred supplier to coordinate region-wide Radio Telephony services and technologies. Standardisation of services and networks also provides the potential for further alignment in civil defence strategies.

Partnering with MW LASS and being provided as a shared service, BOPLASS councils are now utilising Debt Management Central to provide specialised local government debt recovery services.

The ICN is a shared service high capacity fibre network connecting the majority of BOPLASS councils. ICN design was reviewed and an evaluation of ICN contracts undertaken to deliver further cost reductions and improved capacity.

GIS data and tools are now an integral part of Civil Defence response and the BOPLASS councils have formed a group to work collaboratively on CDEM initiatives. This approach is largely made possible due to all councils using the same core GIS systems aligned through BOPLASS contracts.

Tendering in conjunction with Land Information NZ, Aerial Surveys Ltd were appointed to complete a region-wide five-year plan for LiDAR capture across the Bay of Plenty region. The data will be used by councils to create a highly accurate 3D terrain and surface models of the land, which are vital for flood modelling purposes and mapping water flows.

On behalf of BOPLASS, Waikato LASS, MW Lass and Hawke’s Bay councils BOPLASS led a procurement project for the appointment of an insurance brokerage and risk management services provider.

A collective agreement on behalf of the BOPLASS councils has been established to provide access to the full range of catalogues covering all AS/NZS standards. Standards NZ is used by all BOPLASS councils for a variety of compliance purposes. The ease of access through the BOPLASS portal and a single annual fee will enable better utilisation of standards across all councils.

BOPLASS councils have jointly participated in a tender for orthophotography with aerial capture to be undertaken during the summer of 2020-21. AAM NZ Ltd have been awarded the contract.

This has been a very successful tender outcome for the councils and the collective contract is providing substantial savings and efficiencies for all participants.
(BOPLASS LiDAR capture is also being undertaken during an overlapping period by Aerial Surveys Ltd who were appointed through a BOPLASS/LINZ/PGF

BOPLASS successfully managed a coordinated regional approach to a Provincial Growth Fund application for co-funding for LiDAR capture for the entire Bay of Plenty region.

Substantial savings have been achieved by BOPLASS councils through their ongoing participation in the collective aerial photography programme.

Antenno is a local government communications app that allows councils to push notifications to their communities.

BOPLASS represented a collective group of councils in negotiations for placement of councils’ infrastructure insurance into the London markets.

BOPLASS welcomes the recently appointed Chief Executive of Whakatane District Council - Stephanie O’Sullivan.

BOPLASS welcomes the recently appointed Chief Executive of Bay of Plenty Regional Council–Toi Moana, Fiona McTavish.

Vertical Horizonz NZ were appointed as the preferential Health and Safety training supplier for the BOPLASS and Waikato LASS councils.

Working in conjunction with the Local Government Geospatial Alliance (LGGA), a portal has been developed specifically for the storage and delivery of BOPLASS councils’ historical aerial imagery.

BOPLASS and Waikato LASS have worked together to develop an on-line contractor Health and Safety prequalification scheme.

Following the completion of a tender Waikato Occupational Health Consultancy (WOHC) were appointed as the preferential Health Service supplier for the BOPLASS councils.

BOPLASS welcomes the recently appointed Chief Executive of Gisborne District Council, Nedine Thatcher-Swann, who has joined the BOPLASS board as a Director and represents GDC as a Shareholder.