Under Section 9 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the electoral officer may be directed by the council to hold a referendum on matters such as:
current or future services
current or future policies
proposals relating to current or future activities or objectives of council
current or future wellbeing of its local government area.
The council determines whether the referendum subject matter affects all or part of the Auckland local government area. Defining the area the matter relates to is important to ensure the electoral officer is able to identify all the local electors who need to be included in the referendum. Multiple referenda can be conducted at the same time or in conjunction with other elections or polls.
The result of any referendum is not binding on Auckland Council unless it resolves otherwise or another law provides otherwise .