Appendices

Report on Council Controlled Organisations

In order to achieve our objectives for Wellington, we have established several companies and trusts. These organisations were set up to independently manage Council facilities, or to deliver significant services and undertake development on behalf of the Wellington community. Where necessary, we provide funding to support their operations and capital investment requirements.

The following pages explain what the organisations do, how their performance is measured, and how they performed during 2014/15.

Wellington Regional Stadium Trust30

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
All of the trustees are jointly appointed by the Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC).

As at 30 June 2015, they are John Shewan (Chair), Councillor Nigel Wilson (GWRC), Dame Therese Walsh, Susan Elliott, Steven Fyfe, Mark McGuinness, Rachel Taulelei and Councillor Simon Marsh (WCC).

The Chief Executive is Shane Harmon.
The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust owns, operates and maintains the Stadium as a high quality multi-purpose sporting and cultural venue. It provides facilities to be used for rugby, cricket and other sports codes, musical and cultural events, and other users, including sponsors and event and fixture organisers. Operates the Stadium.

Manages the event programme and seek opportunities to provide regular quality events.

Ensures the Stadium is provided to the community for appropriate usage.

Administers the Trust assets and the Stadium on a prudent commercial basis.
Number of events 45-50 54 plus 8 community event days
Total revenue $14.76 million $17.3 million
Event revenue $5.42 million $8.5 million
Net surplus $1.19 million $2.09 million
         

Museums trust

Wellington Museums TrustTop

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
All trustees are appointed by the Council.

As at 30 June 2015, they are Quentin Hay (Chair), Councillor Nicola Young, Jackie Lloyd, Rachel Farrant and Jill Wilson.

The Chief Executive is Pat Stuart.
The Wellington Museums Trust was established in 1995 to promote and manage the City Gallery Wellington, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, the Colonial Cottage, Capital E, the Wellington Cable Car Museum and the Carter Observatory. The Trust has a management agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Museum.

The Trust manages and develops programmes and services, and acquires and manages collections for the benefit of Wellington. It provides advice to the Council for the development of museum and gallery services, establishes exhibition programmes and education policies for its facilities, and develops acquisition, deaccession and collection development policies. It liaises with Positively Wellington Tourism to enhance its attraction to Wellington’s visitors.
Delivers high quality experiences, events and exhibitions at its facilities.

Manages conservation and care for the objects of its collections, and conduct research and development to enhance visitors’ experiences.

Offers quality education experiences to children and young people.

Promotes and protect the heritage of venues.

Develops and operate the Soundhouse Studio.

Works with national and international artists and collectors.  
Attendance targets:    
  • City Gallery
140,000 169,943
  • Capital E
80,000 111,273
  • Museum of Wellington
90,000 124,955
  • Colonial Cottage
2,125 3,511
  • Cable Car Museum
220,998 237,099
  • Carter Observatory
50,000 42,633
Subsidy per customer (excludes $50,000 for Capital E festival) $13.99 $12.23
Carter Observatory subsidy per customer $7.36 $7.32
Percentage of visitors to all trust institutions who rate the quality of their experience as good or very good 90% on average 90%
Percentage of visitors to all Trust institutions are repeat visitors 27% average 44%
Percentage of all residents who are aware of Trust institutions Approximately 86% (across all institutions) 84%
           

Wellington Waterfront Limited logo.

Lambton Harbour Management Limited (Trading as Wellington Waterfront Limited)Top

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
The Council is the 100% shareholder in this company and appoints all of the directors.

As at 30 June 2015, they are council officers Kevin Lavery (chair), Derek Fry, Andy Matthews and Greg Orchard.

On 1 April 2014, the external Board of Wellington Waterfront Limited was disestablished.
Wellington Waterfront Limited holds the assets of the Wellington Waterfront project (as defined in the Wellington Harbour Board and Wellington City Council Vesting and Empowering Act 1987) as bare Trustee for the Council. Since 1 July 2014, Wellington Waterfront Limited has functioned as a holding company for Waterfront assets. Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Wellington Cable Car Limited logo.

Wellington Cable Car LimitedTop

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
The Council is the 100% shareholder in this company and appoints all of the directors.

As at 30 June 2015, they are Council officers Anthony Wilson and Andy Matthews.

The Chief Executive is Simon Fleisher.

On 1 April 2014, the external Board of Wellington Cable Car Limited was disestablished. The activities, performance measures and targets listed in this table continue to apply.  
Wellington Cable Car Limited owns and operates the Cable Car as an efficient, reliable and safe transport service and a uniquely Wellington tourism asset.

It also owns and maintains the overhead wiring system for the trolley bus passenger network which services the city.  
Maintains the cable cars and associated track, plant, tunnels, bridges and buildings in accordance with best engineering practice, and meet the certification requirements of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Manages the cable car passenger service operation.

Markets the cable car.

Identifies options for enhancing the cable car travel and tourism experience.

Specifies and controls the contract for the inspection, maintenance and repair of the trolley bus overhead wiring system.  
Cable car passenger numbers   1,005,847 976,416  
All cable car vehicles and associated buildings and equipment are maintained to required safety standards   Achieve       Achieved  
Cable car service reliability   Greater than 99%   99.84%  
Percentage of residents who have used the cable car in the last 12 months   30%       53.2%  
Percentage of users who rate the standard and operational reliability of the Cable Car as good or very good   95% 91.1%  

Wellington Water logo

Wellington Water31Top

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
Wellington Water was established in September 2014 and was formed by the merger of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s water supply group with Capacity Infrastructure Services, which was owned by Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils. The five local authorities are joint and equal owners of Wellington Water.

Each council owns its respective water, storm water and waste water assets, and determines the level and standard of services to be provided to its customers and ratepayers.

As at 30 June 2015, the Directors are John Strahl (Chair), Nicki Crauford, Ian Hutchings, Cynthia Brophy, David Wright and Raveen Jaduram.

The Chief Executive is Colin Crampton.
To manage the provision of water services (water supply, storm water and wastewater) to the residents and businesses in the areas served by its customers.

Wellington Water’s customers are Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Porirua City Council and Upper Hutt City Council.
Provide high quality, safe and environmentally sustainable services to shareholding councils and other customers, with a focus on contracted service delivery for the operation, maintenance and on-going development of drinking water, storm water and waste water assets and services, and asset management planning.

See also the Environment activity area for more information on water, storm water and waste water services.
Provide a reliable water supply, wastewater and storm water service Fewer than 4 unplanned supply cuts (pipe bursts) per 1000 connections 1.22
Develop and complete asset management plans Within agreed timeframe   Target met
Deliver budgeted capital expenditure projects for respective councils Within agreed timeframes and budget   Target met
Deliver budgeted operating and maintenance activities for respective councils Within agreed timeframes and budget   Target met
Manage and operate within its budget Within agreed budget Target met
Comply with relevant standards, legislation and resource consents Achieve full compliance   Target met

Wellington Zoo logo.

Wellington Zoo TrustTop

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
The Wellington Zoo Trust was established on 1 July 2003 and all trustees are appointed by the Council.

As at 30 June 2015, they are Ross Martin (Chair), Frances Russell, Linda Meade, Raewyn Bleakley, Craig Ellison, and Councillor Sarah Free.

The Chief Executive is Karen Fifield.
The Wellington Zoo Trust manages the assets and operations of Wellington Zoo for the benefit of the residents of Wellington and visitors to the city. It promotes species conservation, educates the community by building an awareness of plant and animal species and supports the conservation and educational activities of other organisations. Cares for resident animals and manage the animal collection.

Provides a high-quality visitor experience.

Participates in captive management breeding and breed-for-release programmes.

Develops and maintain high quality animal exhibits.

Delivers educational material and learning experiences.

Contributes to zoological, conservation and facilities management research projects.
Number of visitors 230,11132 225,927
Conservation Programme Managed Species (% of total collection) >41% 41.3%
Average WCC subsidy per visitor $11.98 $12.20
Annual fundraising target for ZCP 25% of spend for the year $595,438
Average revenue per visitor (excluding WCC grant) $14.25 $15.37
Ratio of generated Trust revenue as % of WCC grant 119% 126%

Basin Reserve Trust logo.

Basin Reserve Trust33Top

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
There are four trustees, of whom two are appointed by the Council and two by Cricket Wellington.

As at 30 June 2015, the two trustees appointed by the Council are Councillor Paul Eagle and Sir John Anderson (Chair). The two trustees appointed by Cricket Wellington are Don Neely and John Greenwood.

The Chief Executive is Peter Clinton.
The Basin Reserve Trust manages and operates the Basin Reserve to continue to attract national and international sporting events to Wellington. Manage the Basin Reserve for recreational activities and the playing of cricket for residents of Wellington.

Contribute to the events programme for Wellington.

Operate as a successful not-for profit undertaking.

Preserve and enhance the heritage value of the Basin Reserve.
Number of events:    
  • Cricket
10 9
  • Other sports
10 24
  • Community
2 11
Number of event days:    
  • Cricket
26 24
  • Other sports
10 20
  • Community
2 11
  • Attendance figures
29,800 22,506

Positively Wellington Tourism logo.

Partnership Wellington Trust (Trading as Positively Wellington Tourism)Top

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
In December 2014, Positively Wellington Tourism became part of the Wellington Region Economic Development Agency (WREDA), combining the economic development activities of Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council into one organisation.

As at 1 January 2015, the board members of WREDA are Peter Biggs (Chair), Helen Anderson, Matt Clarke, Sarah Gibbs, Prof. Grant Guilford, Richard Laverty, Paul Mersi, Thomas Pippos and Lorraine Witten.

The WREDA Chief Executive is Chris Whelan

The PWT Chief Executive is David Perks
The Partnership Wellington Trust markets and adds value to Wellington in order to achieve sustainable economic growth for residents.

It acts to enhance the recognition of Wellington as a desirable visitor destination, enhances the profile of city businesses and to promote strategic alliances and private sector partnerships and maximises the city’s share of regional spending.

It also promotes community focused initiatives, aims to improve the sustainability of Wellington’s commercial sector through its marketing initiatives and facilitates the coordination of marketing initiatives that are appropriate to its objectives.
Promotes Wellington as a visitor destination in national and international markets.

Markets Wellington as a convention and conference destination.

Provides visitor information services.

Runs initiatives that promote retail growth, including the downtown retail campaign.

Profiles Wellington’s strengths in arts, sport and education attractions, and conduct development of an ongoing events profile for the city.

Facilitates the development of new tourism and event product and the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) market.

Manages Wellington’s destination profile on the internet.

Conducts research and analysis of the tourism industry.
International direct arrivals to Wellington Airport from Australia Increase by 5% over 2013/14 levels Decreased 0.1%
International commercial guest nights Increase by 1% relative to 2013/14 Increased 12.1%
Domestic commercial guest nights in Wellington City Increase by 2% relative to 2013/14 Increased 2.1%
Weekend occupancy in partner hotels Increase by 2% relative to 2013/14 Increased 4%
Downtown weekend visitation Maintained at 2013/14 levels n/a34
i-SITE revenue Maintain at 2013/14 levels Decreased 10%
Cost effectiveness Maintain Council’s funding at 50% or less of Wellington’s marketing activity investment 46.2%
Visits to WellingtonNZ.com 10% increase over 2013/14 levels Increased 9.5%

Positively Wellington Venues logo.

Wellington Venues Limited (Trading as Positively Wellington Venues)Top

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES TARGET
2014/15
ACTUAL
2014/15
In December 2014, Positively Wellington Venues became part of the Wellington Region Economic Development Agency (WREDA), combining the economic development activities of Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council into one organisation.

As at 1 January 2015, the board members of WREDA are Peter Biggs (Chair), Helen Anderson, Matt Clarke, Sarah Gibbs, Prof. Grant Guilford, Richard Laverty, Paul Mersi, Thomas Pippos and Lorraine Witten.

The WREDA Chief Executive is Chris Whelan.

The PWV Chief Executive is Glenys Coughlan
Wellington Venues Limited exists to manage and promote Wellington’s major events venues, including the Michael Fowler Centre, Town Hall, St James Theatre and Opera House, and to help establish Wellington as the premier city for events and conferences. Manages and operate the Venues and any related Events business

Advocates for the Venue and Event sector for the benefit of Wellington residents.

Works to achieve greater community access to the Venues’ facilities

Develops and maintain beneficial relationships with other national and international institutions, support Positively Wellington Tourism, and develop new initiatives in its role as a key provider of event and performance venues.
Venue hire days Maintain or increase from previous year35 1,114 hire days
Performance days and revenues Maintain or increase from previous year $6.64m. 18.7% increase on previous year
Convention and events days and revenues Maintain or increase from previous year $8.02m. 6.13% increase on previous year
Maintain appropriate mix of commercial and community hires   Achieved
Maintain satisfaction ratings of 90%   Achieved
Ensure standards are maintained through pan-venue asset management   Achieved
Reduced environmental footprint targets achieved   Achieved

WREDA logo

Wellington Regional Economic Development AgencyTop

STRUCTURE OBJECTIVES ACTIVITIES PERFORMANCE MEASURES
WREDA is the new regional economic development agency for the lower North Island, combining the economic development activities of Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council into one organisation.

The Wellington City Council is an 80% shareholder, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council is a 20% shareholder.

As at 30 June 2015, the board members are Peter Biggs (Chair), Helen Anderson, Matt Clarke, Sarah Gibbs, Prof. Grant Guilford, Richard Laverty, Paul Mersi, Thomas Pippos and Lorraine Witten.

The Chief Executive is Chris Whelan.
WREDA is a new economic development agency that brings together the region’s economic development agency (Grow Wellington) with existing city tourism (Positively Wellington Tourism), venues (Positively Wellington Venues) agencies and the Wellington City Council’s major events activities.

The benefits to the region of a single agency include: one voice, clearer focus, better use of resources, and improved scale and capacity.
To be confirmed To be confirmed
 
 
 
 
 
 

30The Wellington Regional Stadium Trust is not formally defined as a Council Controlled Organisation. This report on their activities is presented to recognise the interest that Wellington city ratepayers have in the Trust and its activities. This organisation is also no longer consolidated as part of the Group.
31Previously Capacity Infrastructure Services Limited
32This figure has increased from the original Long-term Plan target to reflect the higher than anticipated visitor numbers in previous years.
33This organisation is no longer consolidated as part of the Group.
34This year, due to a change in methodology, this result is not available. PWT have altered this indicator to measure ‘downtown retail and hospitality spending by visitors’. The target for this new measure, that Wellington retail and hospitality spending does not decline below 2013/14 levels, has been achieved, with relative spending increasing by 7% in the 11 months to May 2015.
352014/15 result is the base-year data.