40 Local governance statements

(1)

A local authority must prepare and make publicly available, following the triennial general election of members, a local governance statement that includes information on—

(a)

the functions, responsibilities, and activities of the local authority; and

(b)

any local legislation that confers powers on the local authority; and

(ba)

the bylaws of the local authority, including for each bylaw, its title, a general description of it, when it was made, and, if applicable, the date of its last review under section 158 or 159; and

(c)

the electoral system and the opportunity to change it; and

(d)

representation arrangements, including the option of establishing Māori wards or constituencies, and the opportunity to change them; and

(e)

members’ roles and conduct (with specific reference to the applicable statutory requirements and code of conduct); and

(f)

governance structures and processes, membership, and delegations; and

(g)

meeting processes (with specific reference to the applicable provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and standing orders); and

(h)

consultation policies; and

(i)

policies for liaising with, and memoranda or agreements with, Māori; and

(j)

the management structure and the relationship between management and elected members; and

(ja)

the remuneration and employment policy, if adopted; and

(k)

equal employment opportunities policy; and

(l)

key approved planning and policy documents and the process for their development and review; and

(m)

systems for public access to it and its elected members; and

(n)

processes for requests for official information.

(2)

A local authority must comply with subsection (1) within 6 months after each triennial general election of members of the local authority.

(3)

A local authority must update its governance statement as it considers appropriate.

Section 40(1)(ba): inserted, on 14 October 2007, by section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 26).

Section 40(1)(ja): inserted, on 5 December 2012, by section 20 of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 93).