This Code of Conduct (the Code) sets out the standards of behaviour expected from elected members of the Christchurch City Council (the Council) in the exercise of their duties. Its purpose is to:
- enhance the effectiveness of the Council and the provision of good local government of the Council’s district;
- ensure effective decision-making and community engagement;
- promote the credibility and accountability of the Council to its communities; and
- develop a culture of mutual trust, respect and tolerance between the members of the Council and between the members and management.
This purpose is given effect through the values, roles, responsibilities and specific behaviours agreed to in this Code.
Where referred to in the Code:
The “governing body” consists of the mayor and members elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001 and responsible, and democratically accountable for, the decision-making of the Council.
A “community board” consists of the members of each board elected in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001, and members of the governing body appointed to that board.
The code applies to all members of the governing body and community boards, with any modifications necessary to reflect, where appropriate, that a reference to the Council is also a reference to a community board.