Kaikoura District Council

Following the devastating 2016 earthquake, Kaikoura faced a massive recovery and whole ‘new normal’ as a way of life for local residents. The damage to infrastructure, property and their community facilities was extensive. The Kaikoura District Council (KDC) recognised they were facing this, alongside a history of under-investment in asset management resources, renewals and property maintenance. 

As they transitioned out of recovery mode and looked to the future, KDC needed to reframe themselves as a modern authority that could sustainably manage the region’s assets. The complexity introduced by the earthquake combined with outdated processes and systems that already needed improvement – meant they had to get it right. We felt hugely privileged to win this important project and embark on a partnership, working alongside the KDC team to reform their approach to asset management.

We transitioned KDC onto a cloud-based version of the Adapt Platform to track accurate master data about their assets - both existing infrastructure and earthquake projects. Improving their level of confidence in the data and its governance was vital, as we helped them to shift to a model that would allow for more robust asset replacement forecasting. 

At the time we started this project, there was an emergence of data standards for three waters assets. Various data standards are in circulation which is offered up to the industry as a best practice guide. KDC wanted Adapt to tackle a review of several key standards with the aim of right-sizing a standard that would be suitable to a council of Kaikoura’s size – and to go the next step of implementing the standard into Adapt Platform. Many standards don’t transition from paper to system configured. Adapt was up for road testing a standards-based approach at a system level. 

KDC is a small yet capable team, with a can-do attitude and willingness to improve processes. The Council's dynamic gelled well with ours and they valued having a local team to work alongside to lead the change.  We continue to support them, meeting regularly as we help them to mature their data and asset management practice.

Kaikoura District Council Case Study

Our assets are the biggest part of our public responsibility - we needed a modern tool and system to help us to notice and fix problems more quickly and save the ratepayer money and hassle. - Kaikoura District Council