- 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 —
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.
Policies, Bylaws, and Legislation
Our rights, obligations and responsibilities are set out in statutes, regulations and bylaws. To fulfil its purpose, Hamilton City Council exercises powers and carries out its responsibilities through the following:
Representation arrangements, and the electoral system and processes
Members' roles and conduct
Governance structure, membership and delegations
Liaising with Maaori
The Local Government Act 2002 requires the Council to employ a Chief Executive whose responsibilities include 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 be directed to the Chief Executive, and not to elected members.
The Chief Executive, Mr Richard Briggs, can be reached on 07 838 6975 or by email email@example.com.
Council management is organised into five 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. We seek 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 information 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.
Find out how to contact Governance or contact a C ouncillor
Other links of interest