Broadly, these responsibilities include:
- Making decisions and setting directions for promoting the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of their community.
- making and enforcing rules and laws regarding the needs of the community
- Providing directly or on behalf of central government; adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities for the community
- ensuring that these services provided are managed efficiently and effectively
- exercising community leadership
- representing the community to other levels of government and authorities
- managing, protecting, developing, restoring, enhancing and conserving the environment
- accounting for and manage assets for which it is responsible
- facilitating the involvement of councilors, members of the public, users of facilities and services and council staff in the development, improvement and co-ordination of local government and facilities
- raising funds for local purposes by way of rates, charges and fees and investments, loans and grants
- keeping the local community informed about its activities
- listening to the concerns of the community
- ensuring that in the exercise of its regulatory functions it acts without bias
- acting as a responsible employer.
(Adapted from Role of local Government – Local Government NZ website)
These roles and responsibilities are almost exclusive of any actual legally designated roles or authority, however, they form the basis for how all dealings with council should be undertaken.
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