Stand for the Auckland youlo e - What you need to know TO STAN D FOR COU NCI L - Auckland Council

Stand for the Auckland youlo e - What you need to know TO STAN D FOR COU NCI L - Auckland Council
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Stand for the Auckland youlo e - What you need to know TO STAN D FOR COU NCI L - Auckland Council
Stand for the Auckland youlo e - What you need to know TO STAN D FOR COU NCI L - Auckland Council
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                                               Council elections
                    Overview of                  AT A G L A N C E
              O U R A U C KL A N D
                                                               PA G E S 8-9
                                                                                      Being an
                                PA G E S 6-7
                                                                                 E LE CTE D M E M B E R
                                                   Thf" Electoral Off1(•r                PA G E S 10-13
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                                                                 The                 Local board
                The                            G O V E R N I N G B O DY               MEMBERS
            M AYO R                                            PA G E S 16-23
                                                                                          PA G E S 24-2 9

               PA G E S 14-15
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Page 6 | Overview of Auckland Council                                                                                    Overview of Auckland Council | Page 7

                                                       Political decision-making at
                                                        Auckland Council is shared
                                                       between the governing body
                              Overview of                 and the local boards.

                     O U R A U C KL A N D   Quick facts at a glance
                                            Auckland Council has two decision-making
                                                                                                Workload: full time (a signifcant professional and
                                            parts: the governing body and the local boards.     personal commitment, involving a substantial
                                                                                                amount of work after hours and on weekends)
                                            Governing body                                      Salary: $279,562
                                            (see page 16 for more detail)
                                                                                                Deputy mayor
                                            The governing body is made up of the mayor
                                            and 20 councillors. There are 13 wards in           Workload: full time (40 hours or more a week)
                                            Auckland. Councillors are elected by voters         Salary: $157,518
                                            in each ward. The governing body focuses on
                                            the big-picture issues that affect the whole        Councillor
                                            Auckland region. The mayor is elected by all        Workload: full time (40 hours or more a week)
                                            Auckland voters.
                                                                                                Salary: $109,750
                                            Local boards                                        Local board chair
                                            (see page 24 for more detail)
                                                                                                Workload: full time (40 hours or more a week)
                                            Auckland’s 21 local boards represent their
                                            individual areas. Each local board has between      Salary: $55,123 - $98,477
                                            fve and nine members, elected by voters from
                                                                                                Local board member
                                            the area they represent. Local boards have a key
                                            advocacy role in regional decisions and policies.   Workload: part time (12-24 hours a week)
                                            They make decisions on local issues, such as        Salary: $24,103 - $44,852
                                            playgrounds and sporting facilities, and help
                                            build strong communities.                           Note: the remuneration fgures above are for the period
                                                                                                1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. Payments for elected
                                                                                                members are set by the Remuneration Authority, an
                                                                                                independent body, and vary according to roles and areas.
                                                                                                The fgures above will change after the elections when
                                                                                                a new remuneration system will be introduced by the
                                                                                                Remuneration Authority.
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                                                                                                                                          Important dates                                      It is good to start talking early to people in
                                                                                                                                                                                               your community to fnd out what is important
                                                                                                                                          19 July 2019: nominations open for candidates        to them. There are a number of ways you may
                                                                                                                                          16 August 2019: nominations close at midday          choose to stand for offce:
                                                                                                                                          20 September 2019: postal voting starts
                                                                                                                                                                                               • as an independent, candidates will be
                                                                                                                                          12 October 2019: voting closes at midday
                                                                                                                                                                                                 standing in their own name, without the
                                                                                                                                          Frequently asked questions                             support of a political party or group
                                                                                                                                                                                               • part of a ‘ticket’
                                                                                                                                          Who can stand for Auckland Council?
                                                                                                                                          New Zealand citizens aged over 18 and enrolled       • with the backing of a political party.
                                                                                                                                          on the parliamentary electoral roll can stand.       Candidates who stand with the backing of

                                  AT A G L A N C E                                                                                        Do I have what it takes?
                                                                                                                                          The responsibilities for elected members vary
                                                                                                                                                                                               a political party or as part of a ‘ticket’ will
                                                                                                                                                                                               campaign collectively, with common views on
                                                                                                                                                                                               key issues and policies. Campaigning this way
                                                                                                                                                                                               means costs can be shared. And if standing for
                                                                                                                                          according to the role but, at all levels, holding
                                                                                                                                          public offce requires a serious commitment.          council isn’t for you but you still want to make
                                                                                                                                          If you’re thinking of standing for offce, it’s       a difference, start a conversation with your
                                                                                                                                          worth taking the time now to think about how         community to put forward people you think
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                                                                                                                                          With all jobs, it’s important to ensure the skills   for not voting is a lack of knowledge about
                                                                                                                                          a candidate brings to the role are a good match      the candidates and their views. A successful
                                                                                                                                          to what’s required. An effective elected member      campaign ensures local residents know the
                                                                                                                                          will bring a broad range of skills to the role and   position you, as a candidate, hold on key issues
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                                                                                                                                          have a keen understanding of the impact of           within the community. Campaigning doesn’t
                                                                                                                                          their decision-making responsibilities (see page     have to cost a lot of money. Social media
                                                                                                                                          10 for more details).                                channels like Facebook and Twitter can be run
                                                                                                                                                                                               at little or no cost and give you the chance
                                                                                                                                                                                               to communicate who you are and what you
                                                                                                                                          How do I stand?
                                                                                                                                                                                               stand for. Getting out into the community by
                                                                                                                                          You need to complete a nomination form and           door knocking, addressing public meetings
                                                                                                                                          get two people to nominate you. These people         and talking to the public in shopping malls or
                                                                                                                                          must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area     weekend markets is a good way to connect with
                                                                                                                                          you wish to stand in. You also need to provide       voters. Interview opportunities on the radio or
                                                                                                                                          a deposit of $200. This may be refunded,             in the local newspaper or magazine are another
                                                                                                                                          depending on how many votes you receive.             way for you to share your views.

                                                                                                                                          I want to stand, what should I do next?              Paid advertising – in newspapers or on
                                                                                                                                          First, go to and make sure        billboards – is another option. There are
                                                                                                                                          you have all the information you need.               regulations around campaigning, including
                                                                                                                                          Attend a meeting of your local board or the          what can be spent and how and when signage
                                                                                                                                          governing body to see what is involved – go to       can be displayed. The Local Electoral Act 2001,
                                                                                                                                 for                 which is available online at,
                                                                                                                                          schedules and agendas. You can watch some of         includes full details on what is and isn’t allowed.
                                                                                                                                          the meetings of the governing body online at         Auckland Council’s candidate booklet outlines
                                                                                                                                                 the relevant legal requirements for candidates.
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                                               Being an Auckland Council elected member              Communication and engagement
                                               – whether as part of the governing body or
                                               a local board – is an opportunity for you to          Elected members need to be able to relate to
                                               govern the largest city in the country and            and empathise with a wide range of people from
                                               be part of the largest council in Australasia.        many different cultures and disciplines, including
                                                                                                     community members and council employees.
                                               There are no special qualifcations required           Auckland Council is committed to meeting its
                                               to stand for council. Elected members come            responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the
                                               from all backgrounds and walks of life, bringing      Treaty of Waitangi, as well as its broader statutory
                                               different skills and experience to the role.          obligations to Māori, so some knowledge of
                                               Auckland Council’s elected members are civic          tikanga Māori will be helpful when considering
                                               leaders. They make decisions that help shape          these obligations.
                                               the development of the Auckland region and            Formal consultation and informal community
                                               help build strong local communities.                  engagement are important parts of Auckland

                                    Being an
                                               In addition to representing the interests of          Council’s decision-making. Elected members need
                                               Aucklanders and complying with a code of              to be able to listen to people and understand their
                                               conduct, a successful elected member may              points of view, then feed these views into council
                                               also have the following skills and qualities.         decision-making.

             E LE CTE D M E M B E R            Decision-making and strategic thinking
                                               Elected members draw on a range of sources when
                                               making decisions – community views, experience
                                               and advice from staff. They are able to balance
                                               conficting opinions while putting aside personal
                                               bias. They understand what Auckland needs and
                                               the connections between local, regional, national
                                               and global perspectives. They consider the fnancial
                                               costs and the potential long-term effects of issues
                                               and opportunities.
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                             Being an
          E LE CTE D M E M B E R

“It’s a real sense of achievement when you
can make things happen for your community.
I feel we have made a real diference.”
- Auckland Council local board member

Relationship building and collaboration           Public profle
Delivering outstanding service to Aucklanders     Being an elected member is a public role and may
is very much a team effort. Elected members       put you in the spotlight. You will be called upon
must be able to build and maintain productive     to speak publicly at meetings and events, and the
relationships and networks, and be willing        media may seek out your views. Training can be
to listen to ideas as well as share them. It is   provided to help develop skills in this area.
also necessary to balance conficting opinions
of different individuals, communities and
organisations. Elected members need to be
fair and open-minded, to help deal with any
criticism and questioning from the public.
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                      The                               The mayor
                                                        The mayor leads Auckland Council and chairs the

                 M AYO R                                governing body (see page 16).
                                                        Auckland’s mayor is responsible for:
                                                        •   promoting a vision for Auckland
                                                        •   providing leadership to achieve the vision
                                                        •   leading the development of council plans,
                                                            policies and budgets
                                                        •   ensuring effective engagement between
                                                            Auckland Council and the people of Auckland.
                                                        The mayor is also responsible for appointing the
                                                        deputy mayor, establishing committees of the
                                                        governing body and appointing the chairperson
                                                        of each of these committees.
                                                        The mayoral offce supports the mayor by
                                                        providing planning, policy and consultation
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                            11 \ l' l ' l '\ l·'.'-;S   support, and dealing with day-to-day
                                                        communication, correspondence, management
                                                        of the mayor’s diary and media relations.
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          G O V E R N I N G B O DY

                                                                                                     The most culturally diverse region in New Zealand,
                                                                                                     with more than 170 diferent ethnic groups.

About the governing body                             • adopting policies and plans that shape        • complying with the fnancial requirements            Candidates are encouraged to familiarise
                                                       Auckland and determine what council spends,     of the Local Government Act (including              themselves with Auckland’s local government
The governing body, which comprises 20
                                                       such as the Auckland Plan, Long-term Plan,      the Annual Plan, the Long-term Plan and             structure and the role of councillors, and should
councillors and the mayor, makes decisions
                                                       Annual Plan and Unitary Plan                    fnancial policies)                                  be aware of important community issues in the
affecting Auckland as a whole.
                                                     • hearing submissions from the public on        • appointing the chief executive of                   ward in which they are standing for election.
It focuses on the big picture and on Auckland-
                                                       regional plans and policies                     Auckland Council                                    Attending a meeting of the governing body
wide strategic decisions.
                                                     • engaging with mana whenua (Māori with         • emergency management                                and one or more of its committees would be
Its responsibilities include:                                                                                                                              a good idea. These meetings are also webcast
                                                       Auckland tribal affliations) and mataawaka    • monitoring and reviewing the performance
• controlling the council’s regulatory activities,     (Māori who live in Auckland and are not                                                             live on
                                                                                                       of council
  such as the Auckland Unitary Plan, consenting        within a mana whenua group)                                                                         To fnd out more, go to
  and bylaws                                                                                         • governance of council-controlled organisations,
                                                     • negotiating agreements with local boards                                                  
                                                                                                       including appointing directors, setting direction
• allocating non-regulatory decision-making
                                                     • considering the views of local boards           and monitoring performance.
  powers to local boards or the governing body
                                                       before making a decision that affects the
                                                       communities in the local board area or the
                                                       responsibilities of the local board
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          G O V E R N I N G B O DY

Governing body structure and roles                   Candidates stand for election in a ward,
                                                     and each ward elects one or two councillors,
Auckland has 13 wards:
                                                     depending on population size. Although
• Albany                                             councillors are elected in a ward and need to
• Albert-Eden-Roskill                                understand the communities and issues in their
                                                     wards, their primary responsibility is to take
• Franklin
                                                     an Auckland-wide view and make decisions
• Howick                                             affecting Auckland as a whole.
• Manukau                                            Councillors will remain in touch with their
• Manurewa-Papakura                                  ward by attending local events and meetings,
                                                     including local board meetings. They may
• Maungakiekie-Tāmaki
                                                     be lobbied to vote on regional issues in the
• North Shore                                        interests of the ward and must balance the
• Orākei                                             obligation to represent the ward with their
                                                     responsibility to act in the best interests of
• Rodney
                                                     the whole region.
• Waitākere
• Waitematā and Gulf
• Whau.

Note: ward names correct at the time of going
to press but subject to change following the
outcome of the current representation review.
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          G O V E R N I N G B O DY

Support                                              Technology                                       Training                                          How much time is involved?
Each councillor has a council support advisor        Each councillor has their own offce and is       Comprehensive training is provided at             Being a councillor is considered a full-time job.
assigned to help with calendar management,           provided with equipment that is linked to        induction and you will need to set aside          The full governing body has regular monthly
constituent enquiries and other council              the council network. Training is provided.       time for this so that you understand              meetings, plus other meetings as required.
business. In addition, councillors have access       Elected members’ technology requirements are     your governance role.                             Councillors may also be members of committees
to support and specialist advice from                regularly reviewed and the technology updated.   This will require your attendance at a full       and forums, which usually meet monthly.
employees throughout the council organisation.                                                        day session on 24 October 2019. Ongoing           In the current council term, a councillor
                                                                                                      professional development opportunities are        who is a member of half of the committees
                                                                                                      provided throughout the term. You can also        of the governing body would have a monthly
                                                                                                      attend seminars with national and international   governing body meeting schedule of:
                                                                                                      leaders and experts in local government.          • one meeting of the governing body
                                                                                                                                                        • four meetings of committees of the whole
                                                                                                                                                        • eight meetings of other committees
                                                                                                                                                          or forums.
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                  G O V E R N I N G B O DY

There are times when a greater-than-normal           Councillors also engage with the public,
commitment is required, such as hearings for         including attending events and public
plans and bylaws, where you will need to spend       meetings, and liaising with residents and
full days to hear submissions.                       community groups.
Councillors are sometimes also expected to           Councillors work alongside the chairperson
attend hearings conducted by local boards in         and members of local boards in their ward to
their ward areas.                                    address issues raised by their constituents.
In addition, councillors will have to attend         The role involves a mix of day time and evening
meetings and workshops with local boards,            work, as well as weekend commitments.
council employees and external parties as
required for individual projects. They will devote
time to reading plans, reports and agendas,
and other preparation.
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                                                  “It’s exciting and challenging.
                                Local board      We are involved in pretty much
                                               everything – parks, events, facilities,
                                MEMBERS          and policy and planning issues.”
                                                                               - Auckland Council local board member

                                              About local boards                                   • develop annual local board agreements,
                                                                                                     which are agreements with the governing
                                              Auckland’s 21 local boards have a signifcant and
                                                                                                     body on local funding and service levels for
                                              wide-ranging role. Local boards make decisions
                                                                                                     each fnancial year
                                              on local matters, provide local leadership and
                                              contribute to building strong local communities.     • engage with their communities and express
                                              Local boards are fully accountable for the             views and preferences on region-wide
                                              decisions they make at local level.                    strategies, plans and bylaws to the governing
                                                                                                     body on their behalf
                                              Local boards:
                                                                                                   • develop relationships with key stakeholders
                                              • help make local government accessible
                                                                                                     including community organisations, sports
                                                to Aucklanders
                                                                                                     and recreation organisations and special
                                              • make governance decisions on local activities,       interest groups
                                                issues and services
                                                                                                   • propose local bylaws and local targeted rates
                                              • develop and adopt local board plans every
                                                                                                   • work with council-controlled organisations on
                                                three years, to refect the aspirations and
                                                                                                     services they provide in the local board area.
                                                priorities of local communities
                                                                                                   No special knowledge is needed to be a local
                                              • prioritise expenditure in local board
                                                                                                   board member. However, candidates should be
                                                budgets and monitor delivery of projects
                                                                                                   aware of the communities and issues in their
                                                and spending against budget
                                                                                                   local board area and are encouraged to attend
                                              • work with mana whenua (Māori with tribal           at least one local board meeting to become
                                                affliations in the local board’s area) and         familiar with how boards work before considering
                                                mataawaka (Māori who live in Auckland and          standing for offce.
                                                are not within a mana whenua group)
                                                                                                   To fnd out how to stand for your local board in
                                                                                                   the 2019 elections, visit
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              Local board

Local board structure and roles                                                                       Support                                            • a relationship manager, who leads the team
                                                                                                                                                           and provides strategic advice to ensure
                                                                                                      Local boards have access to a local offce
Chairperson                                         Other roles                                                                                            local boards operate effectively in their
                                                                                                      and are supported by a dedicated local board
Each local board elects one of its members          Each local board also elects a deputy                                                                  governance role.
                                                                                                      services team that generally includes:
to be chairperson.                                  chairperson. The chair and deputy chairperson                                                        Local boards also have access to support and
                                                                                                      • a PA/liaison, who is the frst point of contact
                                                    make up the leadership team for the local                                                            specialist advice from council employees on
The role of local board chair requires a lot of                                                         for the local board and community
                                                    board, with the deputy chairperson acting as                                                         specifc matters, and access to a dedicated
extra work. It is typically a full-time position
                                                    chair in the absence of, or as agreed with,       • a democracy advisor, who prepares agendas        communications team.
involving civic leadership, and is the most
                                                    the chairperson.                                    and minutes of meetings
high-profle role in the local board.
                                                    Other local board members may also take on        • a local board engagement advisor, who works
The chairperson oversees the local board’s
                                                    responsibility for leading a particular project     across two or three local boards to support
activities and takes on additional tasks, such as
                                                    and representing the local board at community       local board community engagement
fronting media enquiries and representing the
                                                    meetings and events.                              • local board advisors, who help the local board
local board at a regional level.
                                                                                                        get policy and technical advice
The chairperson is also responsible for
leading and maintaining conduct at local
board meetings.
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                                Local board

                                                                                                    4000 local parks and reserves, coastal areas,
                                                                                                    playgrounds, beaches and 224 sports felds maintained.

Technology                                        Ongoing professional development                  The workload of a local board member               • public hearings and related deliberation, held
                                                  opportunities are provided throughout             typically includes:                                  yearly as part of the Annual Plan process and as
A great deal of information provided to local
                                                  the term. You can also attend seminars            • monthly or twice-monthly business meetings         required for other consultation
board members is via electronic means, and
                                                  with national and international leaders             with all members. (A local board member          • approximately fve to 15 hours of preparation
increasingly this is how the community will
                                                  and experts in local government.                    cannot miss more than four business meetings       per week, including reading emails, plans,
contact you. Elected members’ technology
requirements are regularly reviewed and the                                                           in succession without accepted apologies)          reports and agendas
                                                  How much time is involved?
technology updated.                                                                                 • weekly local board workshop meetings with all    • engaging with the public, including attending
                                                  Hours can vary greatly depending on the level
Local board members are provided with                                                                 members (usually held during the day)              events and public meetings, and liaising with
                                                  of commitment to the job. A local board chair
equipment that is linked to the council                                                             • two to six workshops per month, usually during     residents and community groups
                                                  can work 40 hours per week, while a local board
network, and training is provided.                                                                    the day, where members from several local        • monthly professional development sessions.
                                                  member may work 12 to 24 hours per week. The
                                                  role involves a mix of day time and night time      boards discuss common issues
                                                  commitments. Annual business such as plan         • meetings with council employees or external
Comprehensive training is provided at induction   development and hearings mean the job may           parties as required for work on individual
and you will need to set aside time for this so   be busier at certain times of the year.             projects or issues
that you understand your governance role.
This will require your attendance at a full day
session on 24 October 2019.
Auckland Council:
Local Government New Zealand:
Electoral Offcer:
Dale Ofsoske, Election Services
09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822
© 2019 Auckland Council March 2019
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