Local governance statement

Under Section 40 of the Local Government Act 2002, the Southland District Council is required to prepare a local governance statement and make it available to the public. The governance statement contains information about the governance arrangements in place to enable the public to participate fully in local governance.

5 April 2023

Information about governance arrangements

Standing orders

Standing orders contain rules for the conduct of the proceedings of local authorities, committees, subcommittees and subordinate decision-making bodies, and local and community boards. Their purpose is to enable local authorities to exercise their decision-making responsibilities in a transparent, inclusive and lawful manner.

11 December 2022

Transparency, inclusivity and lawfulness

Manual of delegations

The purpose of the manual of delegations is to define and authorise the scope of the division between governance and management activities, Council’s delegations of governance activities to Council committees and community boards, Council’s delegations of management activities to the chief executive and the chief executive’s delegations to Council officers, including the leadership team.

27 September 2023

Defining scope and division

Code of conduct

Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) requires Council to adopt a code of conduct. Once adopted, all elected members are required to comply with the code.

12 July 2023

Council's Code of Conduct

Register of Pecuniary Interests

This register of pecuniary interests is published pursuant to section 54A of the Local Government Act 2002. The Act requires Southland District Council to publish a summary of elected members’ financial, business and personal interests including certain assets, business associations and gifts they have received annually.

The summaries are an individual snapshot of members’ interests for the previous 12 month period, from 13 January 2022 to 12 January 2023. The summaries will be updated annually.

The purpose of the register of pecuniary interests is to record elected members' interests, so as to provide transparency and to strengthen public trust and confidence in local government processes and decision-making.