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Council's Role and Purpose

2019 standing group photo

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. Council Handbook 2020 - Your guide to Council process (incorporating the Local Governance Statement)

The Council Handbook is a collection of information about the processes through which Council engages with residents of Horowhenua, as well as how Council makes decisions and how residents and ratepayers can influence these processes. It also helps to support the purpose of local government by promoting local democracy by providing information on ways to influence local democratic processes.

The handbook includes information about:

  • functions, responsibilities, and activities of Council
  • electoral arrangements
  • governance structures and processes
  • how elected members make decisions
  • the management structure and key processes of Council
  • the six community outcomes identified as priorities in Council’s Long Term Plan
  • key district statistics
  • how to contact elected members
  • which elected members serve on which committees, statutory bodies and community groups. 

The handbook incorporates Horowhenua District Council’s Local Governance Statement 2020. It is available below or can be picked up from Council’s customer service centres.

Horowhenua District Council Handbook 2020 - Your guide to Council process(PDF, 5MB)

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)