In the Waikato, the region’s mayors have set up RATA (Road Asset Technical Accord) to save money and work smarter. This agreement between Waikato’s councils enables greater co-operation in planning and delivery of road maintenance on the local council roads.
Working under the umbrella of the Waikato Mayoral Forum, RATA is focused on shared services, more advanced procurement procedures and the development of the One Network Road Classification.
Initial work involves reviewing road reconstruction and resealing programmes to assess the merits of each council’s approach. Future projects include a shift to LED street lighting, and developing a consistent approach to the maintenance and improvements to unsealed roads and asset management database support.