Local Governance Statement 2020

The Otago Regional Council’s Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the way the Council conducts its affairs, supports the purpose of local government and promotes local democracy.  Council is required to product this statement under Part 4, Sec 40 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Through following the Governance Statement links below, information can be can accessed on this website with details about what we do, what legislation we work under and the responsibilities we have under that legislation, how we consult and what our management processes are.

About the Otago Regional Council

The Otago Regional Council is an organisation complementary to the City and District Councils within Otago.  It does not compete with or duplicate the functions of these councils.

Regional Councils

The Otago Regional Council promotes the sustainable development and enhancement of natural and physical resources for the benefit of present and future generations.  As caretakers of our land, air and water, ORC monitors the environment and where appropriate, limits or controls the use of our resources.  The Council’s work includes:

  • planning and liaising with the community to create sustainable resource management policies and priorities;
  • administering programmes to control declared pest animals and noxious plants;
  • constructing and maintaining catchment protection works;
  • carrying out environmental education programmes;
  • regional transport planning and public passenger transport.

City and District Councils

City and District Councils meet the daily needs of the community including:

  • managing roading;
  • providing reticulated water and public amenities;
  • disposing of waste and sewage;
  • overseeing land subdivisions and building developments; and,
  • providing community facilities such as libraries, art galleries and recreation facilities.

Functions and Responsibilities

Bylaws of the Otago Regional Council:

Electoral System and the opportunity to change it

Representation Arrangements including establishment of Maori wards

Members Roles and Conduct

Governance Structures and Processes, Memberships and Delegations

Meeting processes

Consultation policies

Policies for liaising with, and memoranda or agreements with, Maori

Significance and Engagement Policy

Management Structures and Relationships

Equal Employment Opportunities Policy

Key Approved Planning and Policy Documents

Systems for public access to elected members

Processes for Requests for Official Information


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