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Stand for the Auckland you lo e What you need to know TO STA N D F O R C O U N C I L BECOME A CANDIDATE Local Elections 2019
Page 4 | Contents Contents | Page 5 Auckland 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 rirnrnnn 111 Thf" Electoral Off1(•r PA G E S 10-13 A1..1ckl,11nd Counc:11 (UH) 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
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 Mayor 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.
Page 8 | Auckland Council elections at a glance Auckland Council elections at a glance | Page 9 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 Fre PO!),t; At•tha u ..11:> r II uncla/m d plea,v f um to ti' £1 71 o oral OU. cu, Prlvat Ba& g9()000. Hia,,t,,ooll.~ Z161 you might balance the requirements of the role would make great candidates. vovf ,..-,umed YOI•"!! document mus• m, In the hsnds of tM EleetONl Offloef by 12 rniddlly,80clober 20\6 with your responsibilities outside of public life. Aucklan,;f counc11_ _._.... ,.., $ How do I get people to vote for me? To~o-r.,..,....._, - Standing for public offce is a career choice. One of the main reasons eligible voters give 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 lilllll lEIIilllilinll llllllllll\1111111\\ \II\\11\1\ 1\\\1 \\\\\ \\\\\\\\ 009 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 voteauckland.co.nz 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, aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/meetings for which is available online at legislation.govt.nz, 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 aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/councillive. the relevant legal requirements for candidates.
Page 10 | Being an elected member Being an elected member | Page 11 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.
Page 12 | Being an elected member Being an elected member | Page 13 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.
Page 14 | The mayor The mayor | Page 15 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 \ ·1s 111\ ·:-,;< 11· 11 \ l' l ' l '\ l·'.'-;S support, and dealing with day-to-day communication, correspondence, management of the mayor’s diary and media relations.
Page 16 | The governing body and councillors The governing body and councillors | Page 17 The 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 councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. 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 voteauckland.co.nz. 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
Page 18 | The governing body and councillors The governing body and councillors | Page 19 The 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.
Page 20 | The governing body and councillors The governing body and councillors | Page 21 Lo e The Auckland 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 induction Being a councillor is considered a full-time job. assigned to help with calendar management, provided with equipment that is linked to the and you will need to set aside time for The full governing body has regular monthly constituent enquiries and other council council network. Training is provided. this so that you understand your governance meetings, plus other meetings as required. business. In addition, councillors have access to Elected members’ technology requirements are role. This will require your attendance Councillors may also be members of committees support and specialist advice from employees regularly reviewed and the technology updated. at a full day session on 24 October 2019. and forums, which usually meet monthly. throughout the council organisation. Ongoing professional development In the current council term, a councillor who opportunities are provided throughout the is a member of half of the committees of the term. You can also attend seminars with governing body would have a monthly governing national and international leaders and experts body meeting schedule of: in local government. • one meeting of the governing body • four meetings of committees of the whole • eight meetings of other committees or forums.
Page 22 | The governing body and councillors The governing body and councillors | Page 23 Lo e The Auckland 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.
Page 24 | Local board members Local board members | Page 25 “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 voteauckland.co.nz.
Page 26 | Local board members Local board members | Page 27 Local board MEMBERS 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.
Page 28 | Local board members Local board members | Page 29 Local board MEMBERS 4000 local parks and reserves, coastal areas, playgrounds, beaches and 224 sports felds maintained. Technology How much time is involved? The workload of a local board member • public hearings and related deliberation, held typically includes: yearly as part of the Annual Plan process and as A great deal of information provided to local Hours can vary greatly depending on the level • monthly or twice-monthly business meetings required for other consultation board members is via electronic means, and of commitment to the job. A local board chair increasingly this is how the community will can work 40 hours per week, while a local board with all members. (A local board member • approximately fve to 15 hours of preparation contact you. Elected members’ technology member may work 12 to 24 hours per week. The cannot miss more than four business meetings per week, including reading emails, plans, requirements are regularly reviewed and the role involves a mix of day time and night time in succession without accepted apologies) reports and agendas technology updated. commitments. Annual business such as plan • weekly local board workshop meetings with all • engaging with the public, including attending Local board members are provided with development and hearings mean the job may members (usually held during the day) events and public meetings, and liaising with equipment that is linked to the council be busier at certain times of the year. residents and community groups • two to six workshops per month, usually during network, and training is provided. the day, where members from several local • monthly professional development sessions. Ongoing professional development boards discuss common issues opportunities are provided throughout the • meetings with council employees or external term. There will also be the opportunity to parties as required for work on individual attend seminars with national and international projects or issues leaders and experts in local government.
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