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The governance model under the Local Government Act 2002 is representative democracy. The community elects individuals to make judgements on behalf of the community about what will promote community well-being.

Elements of governance

There are three elements to governance:

1. Representing the community

2. Setting Policy

What activities should the Council engage in and why, and what regulatory intervention should the Council make and why etc?

The rule of thumb is that the Elected Members decide what the Council should be doing, staff provides policy advice on issues and carries out the decisions and the Elected Members review the performance of the organisation in achieving its objectives.

3. Monitoring and Review

The most visible review mechanism is the local authority's KDC Annual Report 2015/2016 Click 2.6 MB, which sets out the performance of the local authority against its objectives over the preceding year.

The Council has published a Local Governance Statement Click to Download Reader 175 kB, updated dated in March 2017.


Why do we have consultation?

Consultation is, in the main, about a willingness to listen. It helps the Council make better-informed decisions on behalf of the community.

Bearing in mind that local government charges a compulsory tax, it is appropriate that people know and understand what Council is doing on their behalf.

Policy on Significance

In 2014, Council adopted the Significance and Engagement Policy Click to Download Reader, designed to assist it in assessing significance consistently and match Council's consultation and consideration of issues to community expectations. This can also be accessed in the LTP 2015 - 2025 Click 12.9 MB, under the Policies Section.

The more significant the issue, the greater the level of consultation required.

Local Government reform

Sweeping changes were made in 1988/89 to the legislation affecting local government. On April 1, 1989, the Kawerau Borough Council resolved to change its name to Kawerau District Council. The local government commissioner did not make any changes to the boundaries or the name of Kawerau District Council on November 1, 1989, when many other local authorities were forced to amalgamate.

Delegations Register

The Council can delegate to a committee, member or officer of the Council any of its duties, powers and responsibilities, with some exceptions (listed below), so the business of the Council is carried out as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Delegations Register sets out the delegations to the Council's committee and staff, and may be viewed at the District Council offices.

Exceptions from Delegation:

Standing Orders

Standing Orders cannot be displayed here because of copyright issues. To view a copy of Council Standing Orders, please visit our offices.

Standing Orders are a set of rules of debate that provide greater formality in the way a Council conducts its meetings. They are also a way to record the Council-agreed principles of behaviour within meetings. Using Standing Orders as a guide to the way that the Council conducts its meetings helps promote teamwork by:

All Councils are required by Clause 27, Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2003 to adopt a set of Standing Orders that controls the way in which Council meetings are conducted.

Elected Members must abide by the Standing Orders adopted by the Council.

Code of conduct

The code of conduct provides guidance on the standards of behaviour that are expected from Elected Members of Kawerau District Council in their dealings with one another, the Chief Executive Officer, staff employed by the Chief Executive Officer on behalf of the Council, contractors undertaking work or commissions on behalf of the Council, the media and the general public.