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:

  • Setting the policy direction of Council
  • Monitoring the performance of Council
  • Representing the interests of the people of the Otorohanga District
  • Employing the Chief Executive

In addition to sharing the above responsibilities, the Mayor:

  • Is the presiding member of full Council meetings, and ensures their orderly conduct
  • Advocates on behalf of the community of the District
  • Is the ceremonial head of Council
  • Provides leadership to other elected members

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:

  • Consider and report on all matters referred to it by Council, or any matter of interest or concern to the Community Board
  • Maintain an overview of services provided by the territorial authority within the community
  • Prepare an annual submission to Council for expenditure within the community
  • Communicate with their communities
  • Undertake other responsibilities delegated to it by Council

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.


Local Governance Statement

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.