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Long Term Plan 2015/16 - 2024/25.

Local Governance Statement

The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the processes through which the Council engages with the residents of Dunedin City, how the Council makes decisions and how the citizens can influence these processes.


The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the processes which Dunedin City Council engages with the residents of Dunedin City, how the Council makes decisions and how citizens can influence these processes.

The Local Governance Statement supports the purpose of local government by promoting local democracy. The statement provides the public with information on the ways to influence local democratic processes.

The Local Governance Statement is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002 and includes the following broad categories of information:

  • functions, responsibilities, and activities of the council
  • electoral arrangements
  • governance structures and processes
  • the way elected members make decisions and relate to each other
  • the management structure and key policies of the council

The purpose of local government is

(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and
(b) to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.

In this Act, good-quality, in relation to local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions, means infrastructure, services, and performance that are —

  • efficient; and
  • effective; and
  • appropriate to present and anticipated future circumstances.

Our Local Governance Statement

Functions and responsibilities

Our 10 year Long Term Plan 2018/19 – 2027/28 sets out the activities and services we intend to provide to meet the city's needs.

Legislation and bylaws

A to Z list of key Dunedin City Council documents including Bylaws, Strategies, Plans, Policies, Reports and Submissions

Our rights, obligations and responsibilities are described in statutes, regulations and bylaws. To fulfil its purpose, Dunedin City Council exercises powers and carries out its responsibilities through the following:

  • local government legislation (which applies to all of local government)
  • local legislation (which applies only to Dunedin City Council)

Representation arrangements, and the electoral system and processes

  • Representation Arrangements
  • 2016 Election Results
    • Electoral Information
  • Community Board Maps as at Elections 2016

Members' roles and conduct

  • Summary of Elected Members Interests
  • Role of the Mayor and Elected Members
  • Code of Conduct for Elected Members – Elected Members are bound by the Code of Conduct as set out in Standing Orders
  • Elected Members Expenses and Allowances
  • Elected Members Declaration of Interests: updated at each Council/Committee Meeting. The updated register is provided at the beginning of each agenda - Agendas and Minutes

Governance structure, membership and delegations

  • 2016-2019 Elected Members
  • Committee Structure and Delegations
  • Council Committees

Meeting processes

  • Agendas and Minutes are available online.
  • Meeting Calendar for all council, committee and sub-committees
  • Recordings of Dunedin City Council meetings (link to an external website, open in new window) are available on our YouTube channel
  • Standing Orders are a set of procedures for conducting meetings. The Standing Orders are currently being updated and will be published when available.

Consultation documents

  • Currently Consultation On

Liaising with Māori

  • Council partnership with Māori

Management structure

The Local Government Act 2002 requires the Council to employ a Chief Executive whose responsibilities are to employ other staff on behalf of the Council, to implement Council decisions and provide advice to the Council.

Under the Local Government Act 2002, the Chief Executive is the only person who may lawfully give instructions to a staff member. Any complaint about individual staff members should therefore be directed to the Chief Executive, rather than to councillors.

Council management is organised into eight groups. The Chief Executive, Dr Sue Bidrose, can be reached on 03 477 4000 or by email

Equal employment opportunities policy

Dunedin City Council is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities and seeks to ensure that there are no barriers present which discriminate against people on the grounds of sex, age, marital status, religious or ethical beliefs, colour, race or national origins, disability, political opinion, employment status, family status and sexual orientation. All employment-related decisions are made on the basis of merit.

Policy and planning documents

At Dunedin City Council, we have a number of planning documents that provide details on our functions, goals and how we plan to achieve them:

  • City Strategies
  • Statutory planning documents such as the Long Term Plan 2018/19 – 2027/28, District Plan, and Second Generation Plan

Official Information Requests

Requests for information can be made by all members of the public under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and the Privacy Act 1993.

  • Requests for Information - General information about making a request
  • Online Form - Make a request for information online
  • See the latest responses to Official Information Requests

Contact us

Dunedin City Council 03 477 4000.

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