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What We Do

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This page contains information about Council's role in local government.
Updated: 10/04/2017 8:48 a.m.

Local authorities derive their powers, functions and duties from the Local Government Act 2002 as well as various other relevant acts.

As such, Council is required to conduct itself in a transparent and open manner at all times. It is required by law to establish clear objectives, separate regulatory and non regulatory activities and keep our community adequately informed.

Emphasis is placed on setting objectives and measuring performance. District councils are directly elected, set their own rates and have a mayor elected by the community. Functions include:

  • land use consents under the Resource Management Act 1991
  • noise control
  • litter control
  • roading
  • water supply
  • sewage reticulation and disposal
  • rubbish collection and disposal
  • parks and reserves
  • libraries
  • land subdivision
  • pensioner housing
  • health inspection
  • liquor licensing
  • building consents
  • parking controls
  • Civil Defence

Legislative Framework

Many of the functions of Council are prescribed by legislation or by other policy documents.  Follow the link below for more information on the statutory framework that guides our actions and activities.

Legislative Framework

Community Outcomes

The aim of the Community Outcomes is to allow individual communities to determine what issues are priorities for them and how various community organisations, including Council, can contribute to these priorities.  Follow the link below for more information on the Community Outcomes.

Community Outcomes





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