3.2.3 Conduct

a.    The expected conduct of elected members is contained in the two principles and in the attachments.

b.    The two principles are:

Trust principle – the community trusts elected members to conduct themselves ethically and act in the community’s interest. An elected member will:

-       make decisions on their merits, in the interests of the public and unaffected by illegitimate considerations such as personal interest or other duties or relationships

-       disclose personal and outside interests, relationships and duties

-       declare a conflict of interest and step aside from a decision when unable to approach a decision on its merits or it might appear the member will not approach a decision on its merits, in the interests of the public and unaffected by a personal or outside interest, relationship or duty

-       when making decisions, have an open mind to the views of others and to alternatives, and be prepared, despite any predisposition, to change their mind

-       ensure the member is not under an obligation to those who might inappropriately try to influence them in the performance of their duties

-       be accountable for the decisions they make and enable appropriate public scrutiny

-       make an equitable contribution, including attending meetings and workshops, preparing for meetings, attending civic events, and participating in relevant training seminars

-       act and make decisions openly and transparently

-       be truthful and demonstrate honesty and integrity

-       use council resources prudently and lawfully and not for their own purposes

-       uphold the law, and promote and support high standards of conduct by leadership and example

-       comply with the policies and protocols adopted with the Code

Respect principle - a member will respect the people the member works with: other elected members, staff and the public. An elected member:

-       encourages mutual respect and maintains the dignity of each individual

-       recognises others’ roles and responsibilities

-       is inclusive

-       enables the co-existence of individual and collective responsibility

-       allows for robust discussion and debate focusing on issues rather than personalities

-       is not derogatory

-       encourages thoughtful analysis

-       maintains public confidence in the office to which I have been elected

-       is open and honest

-       maintains the confidentiality of confidential information provided to me

-       complies with the policies and protocols adopted with the Code


c.     The attachments to the Code are:

-       Local Government Act 2002

-       Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009

-       Local Authorities (Members Interests) Act 1968

-       Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

-       Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

-       Secret Commissions Act 1910

-       Crimes Act 1961

-       Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013

-       Public law decision-making principles

-       Council decision-making requirements

-       Personal liability of elected members



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