6.2.1 Overview


  1. Local boards have a significant and wide-ranging role; they make decisions on local matters, provide local leadership and enable strong local communities. Local boards have a strong connection to their communities and play an important role in shaping the place that they have been elected to serve. There are three ways that legislation gives decision-making responsibilities to local boards:

    • directly by legislation

    • by allocation from the governing body, in the case of non-regulatory activities

    • by delegation from the governing body (in the case of regulatory activities) or Auckland Transport (in the case of transport activities).

  2. Local boards are responsible for:

    • decisions on non-regulatory local activities as allocated by the governing body through the long-term plan or annual plan process, for which local boards are fully autonomous and accountable to their communities

    • adopting local board plans every three years in consultation with their communities and monitoring progress

    • negotiating annual local board agreements with the governing body and monitoring local board agreements

    • developing and monitoring annual work programmes

    • identifying community preferences and priorities, representing their communities and building strong local communities

    • engaging with their communities

    • identifying and communicating the interests and preferences of local people on the content of regional strategies, policies, plans and bylaws to the governing body

    • providing input to CCO plans and initiatives

    • identifying and developing bylaws for the local board area and proposing them to the governing body

    • collaborating with other local boards if their communities will be better served by doing so

    • undertaking any additional responsibilities delegated by the governing body or Auckland Transport

    • making delegations to the Chief Executive that relate to the responsibilities of local boards.

  3. Local boards are accountable to the community for their allocated and statutory decision-making. Their decisions are open for scrutiny throughout the term by the media, commentators and the public. The media play a major part in forming the community’s view of members’ performance and the local board’s performance as a whole.



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