Council's Role and Purpose

1. Council’s Responsibilities and Activities

The purpose of the Horowhenua District Council is to enable democratic local decision making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well being of the Horowhenua District in the present and for the future.   

Council is made up of the Mayor and 10 Councillors (elected members). They are responsible for determining local policy and legislation, and defining the overall vision for the Horowhenua District. Council makes decisions on behalf of the ratepayers and residents. 

In meeting its purpose, the Horowhenua District Council has a variety of roles:

  • Facilitating solutions to local needs
  • Advocacy on behalf of the local community with central government,  other local authorities and other agencies
  • Management of local infrastructure including network infrastructure (eg roading, water supply, waste disposal, libraries, parks and recreational facilities)
  • Environmental management planning for the current and future needs of the local district.

2. Local Governance Statement 2017

Horowhenua District Council adopted its revised Local Governance Statement 2017 at the March 2017 Council meeting. The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about the processes through which Council engages with residents of the Horowhenua District, as well as how Council makes decisions and how citizens can influence these processes.  The Statement also helps to support the purpose of local government by promoting local democracy. It does this by providing the public with information on the ways to influence local democratic processes.

The Local Governance Statement includes the following broad categories of information:

  • functions, responsibilities, and activities of the local authority
  • electoral arrangements
  • governance structures and processes
  • the way elected members make decisions and relate to each other and to the management of the local authority
  • key policies of the local authority.

The Statement is available for downloading below or from Council Service Centres.

Horowhenua District Council Local Governance Statement 2017 (Updated August 2017)(PDF, 844KB)

3. Foxton Community Board Appointments

At the beginning of each term, Council appoints representation to statutory bodies, community associations and other organisations for the elected term. These appointments enable Council to support special interests groups and community orientated bodies within the community. 

The following appointments have been made for the Foxton Community Board, for 2016-2019:

Community Group / Association / Organisation Foxon Community Board Member 
MavTech  Tricia Metcalf 
Foxton Tourist & Development Association  David Roache 
Save Our River Trust  Jenny Lundie 
Manawatu Estuary Trust  Tricia Metcalf 
Foxton River Loop Working Party  John Girling 

4. Horowhenua District Council - The Organisation

The Mayor and Councillors appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage day-to-day operations and lead Council Officers within the organisation.

The CEO has statutory powers granted by the Local Government Act and other powers granted at the discretion of the elected Council, and is responsible for:

  • advising the Mayor and Councillors on policy matters
  • ensuring policies and plans adopted by Council are implemented
  • delivering on decisions made by elected members.

The CEO performs these responsibilities by delegating tasks and authority to the Leadership Team and other Council Officers.

5. Horowhenua District Council - Standing Orders 

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

For more information, view the Standing Orders below, adopted on 11 December 2019. 

Standing Orders(PDF, 1MB)