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Role of a councillor

Role of a councillor

Updated 1 July 2021 11:10am

Councillors, acting together as the Wellington Regional Council, are responsible for:

  • Representing the interests of the people of the region (all members must make a declaration that they will perform their duties faithfully and impartially, and according to their best skill and judgement in the best interests of the region)
  • Setting the strategic direction of Council and formulating its policy
  • Developing and adopting plans, policies and budgets
  • Monitoring the performance of the council against stated goals and objectives set out ins its long term plan
  • Providing prudent stewardship of the council’s resources
  • Employing and monitoring the performance of the chief executive
  • Ensuring the council fulfils its responsibilities to be a ‘good employer’ and meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

In general, the Greater Wellington Regional Council can only act by majority decisions at meetings. Each councillor (including the Chair) has one vote and the Chair generally has the casting vote (see Greater Wellington Regional Council's Terms of Reference for more information on when the casting vote applies). No individual councillor has authority to act on behalf of the Council unless the Council has expressly delegated such authority.

As individuals, councillors are responsible for:

  • Making themselves familiar with the Council’s Code of Conduct and Standing Orders
  • Making themselves as knowledgeable as possible about the activities and processes of Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the physical and social environment in which it operates
  • Ensuring that on a regular and timely basis the community and other stakeholders are fully and honestly informed of all material matters relating to Greater Wellington Regional Council’s business
  • Preparing for and attending meetings
  • Making themselves available to attend external meetings and forums on behalf of Greater Wellington Regional Council