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17.6.2 Explanation of laws affecting members


  1. There is a legal requirement [1] for the chief executive to arrange an explanation of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and other laws affecting members including:

  2. These laws relate to pecuniary interest, corruption and bribery, improper gain, interest in contracts, use of confidential information for personal benefit (insider knowledge) and non-misleading offers of securities.

  3. In 2016 the explanation of these laws, as well as a number of other core legal requirements, was provided to elected members by way of a report presented at the first business meeting of the governing body on 1 November 2016 and the first meeting of each local board.

  4. Elected members also underwent an extensive induction programme that focused on:

    • good governance and the role of elected members as decision-makers

    • the role of staff in providing advice

    • an overview of elected members’ legal obligations

    • trust and confidence in Auckland Council

    • obligations to Māori and the role of the Independent Māori Statutory Board

    • Auckland Council’s shared governance model and how it works in practice.



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