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Last reviewed: Fri, 23 Mar 2012

How the Council works

Whether you’ve lived in Christchurch all your life, are new to the City, or are here as a visitor, you are likely to come into contact with the Council, either directly or indirectly, at some point.

Understanding how Christchurch is governed and managed gives you the opportunity to easily find information and, should you wish to, get involved and influence decision-making.

The Council is made up of two key bodies:

  1. Elected members
    1. the Council led by the Mayor, which 'governs' our City, setting direction and policies
    2. eight community boards, which advocate for their local community interests
  2. Corporate organisation (employees) led by the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for day-to-day running of the City's facilities.

Elected members - roles and responsibilities

Photo of a council meeting.

As a democratically elected body, it is the job of elected members to govern and manage the interests of our City on behalf of everyone who lives here. It is also their responsibility to look after the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, now and in the future.

Organisational roles and responsibilities

From maintaining local parks and reserves, running our libraries, organising community events and managing our rubbish collections, Council staff are responsible for running a varied range of services and facilities on behalf of the City's residents.

In any community there are always things to do and improve. Please contact us at any time with your ideas, complaints or feedback.


Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Friday, 23 March 2012

Next review: Sunday, 23 September 2012

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