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Local Governance Statement

The Local Governance Statement outlines Tauranga City Council’s democratic processes: how we engage with our community, how we make decisions, and how citizens can influence Council’s decisions.

Crown Commission

On 9 February 2021, a Crown Commission appointed by the Minister of Local Government took over all of the council’s governance responsibilities, initially for a term until October 2022.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has reappointed the existing four commissioners for a new commission term running from 26 April 2022 through until July 2024, when the next local election for Tauranga City Council will be held. 

The information below relates to governance of the council prior to the appointment of commissioners.

The Governance Statement covers:

  • Council’s functions, responsibilities and activities
  • Local government legislation
  • Electoral system and opportunity for change
  • Representation arrangements (ward boundaries, reviews)
  • Changing the district's boundaries or functions
  • Roles and conduct of the mayor, councillors and the chief executive 
  • Governance structures and processes
  • Membership of Council committees and delegations
  • Meeting processes (Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and Standing Orders)
  • Management structure and relationship between management and mayor and councillors
  • Systems for public access to the Council and participation
  • Processes for requests for official information
  • Key Council policies

The Local Governance Statement must be prepared no later than six months after each triennial election and updated when required.

Local Governance Statement (694kb pdf)

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