Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

46 Meetings of local authorities to be publicly notified

(1)

Subject to subsection (2), every local authority shall, not more than 14 days and not less than 5 days before the end of every month, cause to be publicly notified a list of all meetings of that local authority scheduled to be held in the following month, together with the dates on which, and the times and places at which, those meetings are to be held.

(2)

Where any meeting of a local authority is to be held on or after the 21st day of any month, the local authority may, instead of causing that meeting to be publicly notified in accordance with subsection (1), cause that meeting to be publicly notified not more than 10 nor less than 5 working days before the day on which the meeting is to be held.

(3)

Where any extraordinary meeting of a local authority is called and notice of that meeting cannot be given in the manner required or permitted by this section, the local authority shall cause that meeting and the general nature of business to be transacted at that meeting to be publicly notified or otherwise advertised as soon as practicable before the meeting is to be held.

(4)

Where any extraordinary meeting of a local authority is called and notice of that meeting cannot be given in the manner required or permitted by subsection (3), the local authority or person calling the meeting must cause to be given such public notice of the meeting and the business to be transacted at the meeting as is reasonable in the circumstances.

(5)

No meeting of any local authority shall be invalid merely because that meeting was not publicly notified in accordance with this section.

(6)

Where a local authority becomes aware that any meeting of that local authority has not been publicly notified in accordance with this section, that local authority shall, as soon as practicable, give public notice that that meeting was not so notified, and shall, in that notice,—

(a)

state the general nature of the business transacted at that meeting; and

(b)

give the reasons why that meeting was not so notified.

(7)

Nothing in subsections (1) to (6) applies to a Board of Trustees constituted under Part 9 of the Education Act 1989; but every such Board shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that parents (within the meaning of that Part) of students enrolled at schools that the Board administers can readily find out, within a reasonable time before those meetings, where and when meetings of the Board are to be held.

(8)

Nothing in this section applies to—

(a)

the New Zealand Conservation Authority established under section 6A of the Conservation Act 1987:

(b)
[Repealed]

(c)

Provincial Patriotic Councils:

(d)

the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee established by section 62 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999:

(e)

the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee established by section 56 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

Section 46: substituted, on 1 October 1991, by section 4(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 54).

Section 46(3): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 46(4): substituted, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 46(8)(a): substituted, on 13 March 1996, by section 11 of the National Parks Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 4).

Section 46(8)(b): repealed, on 1 April 2000, by section 7 of the Children’s Health Camps Board Dissolution Act 1999 (1999 No 141).

Section 46(8)(d): added, on 1 January 2000, by section 196(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (1999 No 142).

Section 46(8)(e): added, on 1 January 2000, by section 196(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (1999 No 142).