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3.5 Removal from office


  1. The mayor and councillors are voted in to office for a three-year term. They cannot be removed by governing body resolution, by the Local Government Commission, or by the Minister of Local Government [1] (or any other central government minister). However, the mayor or councillor will no longer hold office if he/she:

    • resigns

    • dies or becomes mentally incapable [2]

    • is absent without leave from four consecutive meetings (other than extraordinary meetings)

    • is disqualified from office. This occurs if the member 

      i) is convicted of voting or taking part in a council decision in which he/she had a financial interest (if the member does not successfully appeal the decision)contracts with the council and the value of the contract(s) is more than $25,000 in any one financial year
      ii) no longer qualifies as an elector (i.e. is no longer a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident)
      iii) is convicted of an offence punishable by two years or more imprisonment [3], (the two year timing reflects a policy decision to make sure that individual minor offences do not disqualify a governing body member).

  2. There will be a new election for a vacant position if a vacancy occurs more than 12 months before the next triennial general election [4]. This is referred to as a by-election. Depending on timing, there is the option that the role remains vacant, or a person is appointed without an election.



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