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Council Controlled Organisations

​​​A council controlled organisation (CCO) is one in which a council (or councils) hold equity securities carrying 50 percent or more of the voting rights or a council (or councils) can appoint 50 percent or more of the directors of the organisation.

CCOs have specific legal requirements of them that are detailed in the Local Government Act 2002.

These include the requirement to submit a Statement of Intent to the shareholding council(s) each for approval. Statements of Intent set out the objectives, nature and scope of activities undertaken and performance targets for each CCO.

All CCO financial accounts are required to be consolidated into the Council's accounts for its Annual Report. Audit New Zealand is required to be the financial auditor for all CCOs.​

Ashburton Contracting Limited

Ashburton Contracting Limited (ACL) is a civil and roading contracting company. It is fully owned by Ashburton District Council. Its activities include:

  • Excavation
  • Transport
  • Construction
  • Civil Works
  • Pipeline Installation
  • Surfacing
Transwaste SOI 2024 Final (363.7 KB) Download
ACL Statement of Intent 2023-24 (221.1 KB) Download

ACL Annual Reports

Ashburton Stadium Complex Trust​

The charitable trust was established by Council with responsibility for undertaking community fundraising for the EA Networks Centre indoor aquatic centre and sports facility. The Trust was wound up in September 2019. In December 2020, Ashburton District Council resolved

Experience Mid Canterbury

Experience Mid Canterbury was the Council's official tourism arm until December 2020, when the Board of EMC resolved to wind up EMC and the Ashburton District Council contracted directly with ChristchurchNZ for these services. ChristchurchNZ then relinquished district promotion work in 2023 and so following that, district promotion was brought inhouse.

Even though the Experience Mid Canterbury entity has been disestablished, the recognised branding and website still remains in use.