Council History

Christchurch was founded in 1850 on the arrival of about 800 settlers from the United Kingdom, and became New Zealand's first city, by Royal Charter, in 1856.

Responsible local government began when the first meeting of the Christchurch Municipal Council, established under a provincial ordinance, was held on 3 March 1862.

The Council and its offices

A look back at the places where Council meetings have taken place over the years.

Coat of Arms

Our Coat of arms is symbolic and reflective of our City’s heritage.

Past Chairmen and Mayors

Past Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors.