How council works

Auckland Council explained

How council works.

How does Auckland Council make decisions?

Auckland Council has a
shared decision-making model:

  • The mayor
  • The governing body
  • The local boards
  • Promoting a vision for Auckland
  • Providing leadership to achieve this vision
  • Leading the development of region-wide council plans, policies and budgets
  • Ensuring the council engages effectively with all Aucklanders
  • Appointing the deputy mayor and establishing the committees of the governing body

The Auckland Council model of local government helps meet both regional and local needs, and gives Auckland the resources it needs to grow and develop.

Auckland Council has two complementary decision-making parts, the governing body and local boards.

The governing body and the local boards are autonomous and make decisions as Auckland Council within their respective areas of responsibility.

Although they make different types of decisions, it is critical that there is an effective working relationship between the governing body and the local boards.

Governing body

The governing body consists of the mayor, elected by all Auckland voters, and 20 governing body members elected by voters from the ward they represent.

The governing body focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions.

Local boards

Each of the 21 local boards has between five and nine members, elected by voters from the area they represent.

Local boards represent the communities in their area and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities.

Auckland Council organisation

The Auckland Council organisation is led by the chief executive. It is comprised of council employees who provide advice to the local boards and governing body and carry out their decisions.

Council-controlled organisations

Auckland Council also has Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs), which look after specific council assets, services or infrastructure.

The CCOs operate separately but are accountable to the governing body, which sets their direction and monitors their performance.

Independent Māori Statutory Board

The role of the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) is to ensure there is a voice for Māori in the governance of Auckland, and to assist the council with making informed decisions and meeting its statutory obligations in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.

While the council has existing obligations to engage with Māori and to enable Māori participation in council decision-making, it has additional duties to work with the IMSB.

The IMSB is completely independent of Auckland Council.

Advisory panels

Auckland Council is also advised by a range of advisory panels, which identify and communicate the interests and preferences of specific groups of Aucklanders to the council.

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