During the COVID-19 emergency period, Christchurch has made special arrangements to be governed by an Emergency Committee, chaired by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and including every councillor. It will have the decision-making authority of the Council, but won’t be able to do things like set a rate, make or amend bylaws, or adopt the Annual Plan.
All scheduled hearings, committee and community board meetings are cancelled while the Emergency Committee is in place.
The aim is to promote local democracy by making sure that everyone understands how their Council operates and how they can have their say.
The Council is required to prepare a governance statement after each triennial election and make it available to the public.
It includes information on:
The codes of conduct for councillors and community board members at Christchurch City Council.
Expenses and allowances for elected members.
The Council delegates a number of decision making powers to committees, subordinate bodies and staff.
Rules on how the Council operates.