A highly critical review of organisations controlled by Auckland Council paints a picture of dysfunction and a lack of accountability.
The five so called CCOs - Auckland Transport, Pānuku, Watercare, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development and Facilities Auckland, account for two thirds of the council's services and assets and suck-up half its operational budget.
The $800,000 independent report, that took six months, makes 64 recommendations including merging two of its events organisations to save $67 million over the next decade.
It also found no clear strategic direction for council controlled organisations, a lack of collaboration, duplicated services and poor and patchy information flow.
Mayor Phil Goff, who promised the review as part of his 2019 re-election campaign, talks to Lisa Owen.