Your elected Council are the governors of the City. Administration is the job of the Chief Executive and her team.


Governance is about the checks and balances to keep Council on track to achieve its goals. It involves the process of making and enforcing decisions within the organisation. Effective governance is essential for maintaining order, achieving objectives and addressing the needs of the community. It promotes transparency and adapts to changing circumstances ensuring Council remains responsive and resilient in achieving its goals.

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.

Porirua City: Governance Statement 2022-2025.

The Local Government Act 2002

The Local Government Act 2002 (commonly known as the LGA) defines local government in New Zealand. The purpose of the LGA is to provide for democratic and effective local government that recognises the diversity of New Zealand communities.

The LGA:

  • Sets out the purpose of local government.
  • Provides a framework and powers for local authorities to decide which activities they undertake and the manner in which they will undertake them.
  • Promotes the accountability of local authorities to their communities.
  • Provides for local authorities to play a broad role in promoting the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of their communities, take a sustainable development approach.

We have responsibilities under other Aotearoa New Zealand laws as well, such as:

Elected Member Remuneration

Elected members are entitled to be paid for the work undertaken. A remuneration pool is set by the Remuneration Authority and is generally by way of a base salary. The Remuneration Authority also directly sets the pay of the Mayor. See the Local Government Members (2022/23) Amendment Determination (No 3) 2022 for more information.

The pool is more than the minimum amount that can be paid to each Councillor, so Council recommends to the Remuneration Authority on how to allocate the rest of the money between elected members. Council must allocate all of the pool and elected members are required to accept the allocated remuneration.

Elected members are also entitled to claim for expenses they incur in the course of their duties as elected members. The type and limits for these claims is governed by the Reimbursement of Elected Members' Expenses Policy. The type and limit of claimable expenses do not exceed those set by the Remuneration Authority.

The remuneration of the Mayor is set at $151,954.

The minimum pay following the 2022 local elections for a Councillor will be: $42,136.

At its meeting on 10 November 2022, Council resolved to recommend that the Remuneration Authority allocate the pool to reflect the positions of added responsibility the Council has established. The Remuneration Authority has issued a Determination in December 2022 to allocate the pool to Councillors. The pool will be allocated as follows:

Position Remuneration Effective from
Deputy Mayor $70,000 11 Nov 2022
Chairperson of Committee of the Whole $65,250 11 Nov 2022
Chairperson of Chief Executive Employment Committee $58,734 11 Nov 2022
Chairperson of Wastewater Treatment Plant and Landfill Joint Committee $59,000 11 Nov 2022
Councillor with no additional responsibilities $55,000 15 Oct 2022
Councillor (minimum allowable remuneration) $42,136 15 Oct 2022

Conduct of elected members

There are several pieces of legislation and documents which outline the legal requirements for how elected members must act and carry out their duties as elected members. This includes:

  • Secret Commissions Act 1910: Prohibits elected members from accepting gifts or rewards that could be seen as influencing how they perform their duties.

  • Crimes Act 1961: Forbids elected members from accepting bribes and using official information for their own profit.

  • Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013: Holds elected members liable for financial documents registered under the Act (such as disclosure statements for products such as debt or equity securities) that contain false or misleading statements.