Your elected council are the governors of the city. Administration is the job of the Chief Executive and her team.


Our governance statement describes how we carry out our local government responsibilities and promote democracy in our community. This document is prepared at the start of each three-year term.

Our Mayor and councillors are responsible for

  • setting Porirua City’s policy direction
  • monitoring how the council performs
  • representing the city’s interests
  • employing the chief executive (who employs all other staff on behalf of the council).

Members' Interests Declarations

Elected members are asked to make regular declarations of interests they hold.

Elected Member Remuneration

Elected members are entitled to be paid for the work undertaken. This remuneration is generally by way of a base salary.

A remuneration pool is set by the Remuneration Authority. The Council determines how to apply the pool of funding. Some expenses are also reimbursed.

The pool is more than the minimum amount that can be paid to each Councillor, so the Council must then decide how to allocate the rest of the money between elected members. The Remuneration Authority also directly sets the pay of the mayor.

The Council must allocate all of the pool. Elected members are required to accept the allocated remuneration.


The remuneration of the Mayor is set at $147,030. Following the 2022 local elections, the remuneration of the Mayor will be set at $151,954.


Current pay for councillors with no additional responsibilities: $51,564.

Councillors with additional responsibilities are currently paid at the following rates:

Deputy Mayor: $72,662

Chair Te Puna Kōrero: $69,826

Chair Chief Executive’s Employment Committee: $56,195

Minimum pay following the 2022 local elections: $42,136.

Please see the determination of the Remuneration Authority for 2022/23 for more information.

The Local Government Act sets out

  • how the council is run
  • when and how we meet
  • what we can do
  • how we charge rates.

We have responsibilities under other New Zealand laws as well, such as the Resource Management Act and Environment Act. We can also make our own regulations and bylaws.

The Mayor’s role

Your Mayor

Anita is the Mayor of Porirua City. She was elected in 2019 for a term of three years. Say kia ora when you spot her.

As one of the elected members, the Mayor shares the same responsibilities as other councillors and also:

  • presides over council meetings and makes sure they’re conducted in an orderly way.
  • promotes our city and represents its interests.
  • acts as the civic and ceremonial head of Porirua City,  including swearing in new citizens.
  • gives leadership and feedback to other councillors.

The Mayor can also:

  • act as a Justice of the Peace.
  • call a meeting of the council.
  • declare a civil defence emergency.

The Deputy Mayor’s role

Your Deputy Mayor

Councillors are here to represent your views. Have a yarn with them about your ideas for your local area when you see them.

The Mayor appoints the Deputy Mayor at the first council meeting after the local body election. The Deputy Mayor has the same roles as other councillors, but fulfils the Mayor’s responsibilities if they’re absent or incapacitated, or if the office of Mayor is vacant.

The council can vote to remove the Deputy Mayor from their role as Deputy Mayor.

The committee chairperson’s role

A committee chairperson presides over the committee’s meetings and makes sure it acts within the powers the council has given it.  

The council can vote to remove a committee chairperson from their role as chairperson.

Conduct of councillors

There are legal requirements for how elected council members must behave: