Welcome to Otorohanga District Council
The Otorohanga District is currently governed by a Council comprising of a Mayor, who is elected by all of the ratepayers of the District, and 7 Councillors, who are elected by the ratepayers within 6 defined ward areas within the District.
The Mayor and Councillors have the following primary roles:
In addition to sharing the above responsibilities, the Mayor:
Council has constituted Community Boards in Otorohanga and Kawhia/Aotea to advocate in the interests of those communities, which are considered to be sufficiently distinct from the rest of the District to have a separate layer of representation. In addition to providing such advocacy, the Community Boards:
The Community Boards may make recommendations to Council on any matter of interest, and may seek approval for any initiative for which delegated authority has not already been given. Decisions on whether to recommendations of the Boards are adopted lie with Council, but the relationships between Council and the Boards has generally been good, and the Boards have had significant control over Council activities in those communities.
The Governance Statement is a document that outlines the ways in which the Council communicates, cooperates and consults with the District's residents.
It outlines how we make decisions and also promotes local democracy, by informing residents about ways that they can be involved in the decision making process.
See Documents Downloads for a copy of the Governance Statement or a paper copy can be requested by contacting the Council.