Community Boards

Find your Ward or Community Board

If you are not sure which Community Board you are in you can view our ward boundary maps.

What is a Community Board?

Community Board brochure [PDF, 55 KB]

Community Boards are your local representatives. Board members are elected every three years at the local body elections. They work with your community to help meet local needs, goals and aspirations.

We have seven Community Boards, representing our 16 Christchurch wards. Each Community Board has a three-year plan outlining its priorities and guiding its decisions. 

The Community Boards' main roles are to:

  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interests of its community
  • Consider and report on all matters referred to it by the Council, or any matter of interest to the board
  • Maintain an overview of services provided by the Council within the community
  • Prepare an annual submission to the Council for expenditure within the community
  • Communicate with community organisations and special interest groups within the community

Working with your Community Board

Each Community Board holds regular meetings that are open to the public and you’re welcome to attend. At these meetings, decisions are made on behalf of the Council on local issues, such as bus stops, pedestrian crossings, car parking and parks and reserves. The Boards also allocate funding to a wide range of community projects.

Anyone can ask to speak to a Board about a local issue, activity or project. You can present information to your Board, raise an issue, seek support or ask the Board to be an advocate for your issue at the Council.

Each board is supported by the Community Governance Team which provides advice to the board and ensures that the board has the information it needs to assist it in making decisions. The team includes a community governance manager and community development and recreation staff who work with people and issues across the Community Board area.

The team arranges board meetings and produces agendas for those meetings as well as providing information to people who want to come and speak with the Board.

If you want to speak at one of your Board’s meetings, contact the Community Board Advisor for your Board.