Governance Statement


The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the processes which Hamilton City Council engages with the residents of Hamilton City, how the Council makes decisions and how citizens can influence these processes.

The Local Governance Statement supports the purpose of local government by promoting local democracy. The statement provides the public with information on the ways to influence local democratic processes.

The Local Governance Statement is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002 and includes the following broad categories of information:

  • functions, responsibilities, and activities of the council
  • electoral arrangements
  • governance structures and processes
  • the way elected members make decisions and relate to each other
  • the management structure and key policies of the council
The purpose of local government is —

(a) to enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, communities; and
(b) to meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.

In this Act, good-quality, in relation to local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions, means infrastructure, services, and performance that are —
(a) efficient; and
(b) effective; and
(c) appropriate to present and anticipated future circumstances.

Our Local Governance Statement

Functions and responsibilities

Our 10 Year Plan sets out the activities and services we intend to provide to meet the city's needs.

Legislation and bylaws​

Our rights, obligations and responsibilities are described in statutes, regulations and bylaws. To fulfil its purpose, Hamilton City Council exercises powers and carries out its responsibilities through the following:

Hamilton City Council (Gas) Empowering Act 1988
Hamilton City Council (Parana Park) Land Vesting Act 2011
Hamilton Domain Endowment Act 1979
Hamilton High School Reserve Act 1913
Hamilton Parsonage Site Act 1904, and

Representation arrangements, and the electoral system and processes

Members' roles and​ conduct

Governance structure, membership and delegations

Meeting processes

Consultation policies

Liaising with Maaori

Management structure

The Local Government Act 2002 requires the Council to employ a Chief Executive whose responsibilities are to employ other staff on behalf of the Council, to implement Council decisions and provide advice to the Council.
Under the Local Government Act 2002, the Chief Executive is the only person who may lawfully give instructions to a staff member.  Any complaint about individual staff members should therefore be directed to the Chief Executive, rather than to councillors.
The Chief Executive, Mr Richard Briggs, can be reached on 07 838 6975 or by email
Council management is organised into eight groups.  The core functions of each group and the key contacts can be found under our management structure section

Equal employment opportunities policy

Hamilton City Council is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities and seeks to ensure that there are no barriers present which discriminate against people on the grounds of sex, age, marital status, religious or ethical beliefs, colour, race or national origins, disability, political opinion, employment status, family status and sexual orientation. All employment-related decisions are made on the basis of merit.

Policy and planning documents

At Hamilton City Council, we have a number of planning documents that provide details on our functions, goals and how we plan to achieve them:

Official Information Requests

Requests for information can be made by all members of the public under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and the Privacy Act 1993​. 

General information requests​ can also be made to Hamilton City Council. 

Contact us

Find out how to contact us or contact a Councillor 

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