Topics:Democracy and governance
The objectives of a Code of Conduct are to set out:
- the conduct of members toward one another, staff and public;
- how information is disclosed; legislation that applies to the actions of members;
- the relationship between elected members and management.
This Code has been developed in the context of the specific (and unique) governance arrangements of Auckland.
The Auckland Council is a completely new model of local government for New Zealand, designed to strengthen regional leadership while providing effective local and community democracy.
The Auckland Council has a two tier governance structure (providing governance at regional and local levels) comprising:
- the governing body, consisting of a mayor elected by all Aucklanders and 20 councillors elected on a ward basis;
- 21 local boards, with members elected by local board area.
The governing body and the local boards share the decision-making responsibilities of the Auckland Council:
- the governing body will focus on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions;
- local boards will represent their local communities and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities.
The intent of the relevant Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 provisions is that the governing body and local boards are, with limited exceptions such as local board bylaws, autonomous within their respective areas of decision-making.
This is quite different from the Council/Community Board relationship that applies elsewhere in New Zealand.
Note: The role of the governing body and the roles of the local boards, as directly set out in the legislation or allocated in accordance with the legislation, are outlined in Section 6.0 of the Code. The powers of local boards in relation to regulatory activities will be detailed in delegations to be confirmed by the governing body.