Information for Prospective Candidates
What we do / Tō tātou mahi Under a broad framework of legislation, national and regional strategies and plans, policies and rules the Council is responsible for: Regional planning, consenting and compliance to manage land use and water quality, soil, air, and the coastal environment Environmental monitoring and reporting Hazard management, flood protection and regional parks Biodiversity and pest management Regional transport planning and public transport services Harbour navigation and safety and marine pollution response Civil defence Advocating on behalf of the region with central government, other local authorities and other agencies Ensuring local communities and rūnanga are encouraged to be part of the decision-making processes of regional government It’s a complex business!
What will the Council look like? Under the Environment Canterbury (Transitional Governance Arrangements) Act 2016 the Council has completed a representation review for the 2019 elections and must now return Environment Canterbury to a fully democratically elected Council. The 2019 Local Body elections will be held on 12 October 2019 for: 2 members to represent the Christchurch Central-Ōhoko Constituency 2 members to represent the Christchurch North East-Ōrei Constituency 2 members to represent the Christchurch South-Ōwhanga Constituency 2 members to represent the Christchurch West-Ōpuna Constituency 2 members to represent the Mid-Canterbury-Ōpākihi Constituency 2 members to represent the North Canterbury-Ōpukepuke Constituency 2 members to represent the South Canterbury-Ōtuhituhi Constituency
Council meetings Every Thursday is a full day in Christchurch for Councillors Councillor briefings are held every Thursday in the Tuam St office, Chch The Council and two of its standing committees meet on Thursdays every fourth week However, there will be commitments on other days Zone committees also meet once a month in the zone so some travel will be required Other joint and standing committees meet regularly (monthly or quarterly) The Chairperson role is full time The Deputy Chair and Councillors’ roles are variable, with commitments being anything between 2-4 days per week Flexible working hours required – evening and weekend work There is always reading to do - reports and agendas
COUNCIL Statutory Committees Joint Committees Standing Committees Partnership Co-Governance Performance Audit & Risk Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee Canterbury Water Management Strategy Zone Committees (x10) Te Rōpū Tuia Regulation Hearing Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee Regional Water Management Canterbury Regional Transport Committee Te Waihora Co-Agreement
Council remuneration Remuneration: Chairperson - $173,344 Deputy Chairperson - $93,681 Chairperson Performance Audit and Risk Committee - $83,645 Chairperson Regulation Hearing Committee - $80,655 Canterbury Water Management Strategy Zone Committee member - $75,286 Councillor - $66,916 Councillors’ work-related expenses are covered up to a point – for example travel and accommodation.
What does a ‘good’ Councillor look like? Canterbury contains a number of diverse communities of interest in 10 local authority areas They’ve suggested they want people on the Council who will represent what matters to the wide variety of groups that make up our region are committed to working collaboratively to ensure environmental sustainability, provide for cultural values, and support regional development P.S You don’t need to know everything before you stand! We will run a full induction programme from November 2019 to March 2020
- “I think I’m keen...” Attending Council meetings to see what it is like to talk about issues, debate and make decisions for the Canterbury region Learning about Environment Canterbury’s partnership with Ngāi Tahu (the Tuia relationship) Reading Council/ Committee papers over the last year https://ecan.govt.nz/getinvolved/council-and-committee-meetings/ ...gives an idea of how much work the Council covers in a year Checking out some key documents
- Our current Long Term Plan – what the Council intends for the next 10 years
- The latest Annual Report
- Our Pre-election Report
- Canterbury Regional Policy Statement
Have a think about... What you are standing FOR? (rather than what you’re against) Can you think openly and respectfully about the views of others even if they don’t match yours? What are your “must-dos” as a Councillor (and what will you do if you can’t achieve them?) How do you deal with conflict? What would success look like for you?
- Key Dates 19 Jul – 16 Aug 20 Sep – 12 Oct 17 Oct Official result declaration Late Oct / Early Nov
- Inaugural meeting
- Induction begins – intensive and compulsory (continues through to March 2020)
- Mid Nov - First Council business meeting Nominations are open (close 12 noon) on 16 August Voting (closes 12 noon on 12 Oct)
Where to find more information Electoral Officer Anthony Morton 03 377 3530 M: 021 326 021 https://ecan.govt.nz/aboutus/your-council/elections Deputy Electoral Officer Siân Daly 03 367 7611 M: 021 326 021 Call us: