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Tauranga City Council is made up of two separate parts that work together for the benefit of the citizens who live here.

The first part is the elected members ('the Council') - consisting of a Mayor and ten councillors.  The elected members make decisions, on behalf of the citizens, to meet the needs of the entire Tauranga community.

The second part is the organisation - (also 'the Council') - consisting of staff who provide the services and the facilities/projects - which deliver on the decisions made by the elected members.

Elected members

The organisation

'The Council' is constituted under the Local Government Act 2002. The purpose of local government is stated in section 10(1) as:

  • to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and
  • to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services; and
  • performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.

The Local Governance Statement (required by the Local Government Act 2002) is the overarching document explaining the organisation and structure, key Acts and legislative requirements under which the Council operates.

Council's Decision Making Framework brings together all the information and aspirations that Council and the community have for their city, and helps to guide decisions that Council makes for the city both now and into the future. This includes identification of the Council (Community) Outcomes as required by the Local Government Act 2002.

Local Governance Statement (138kb pdf)

Council's Decision Making Framework (257kb pdf)


Last Reviewed: 10/05/2016