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).

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

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

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 office.

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 office.

Conduct of councillors

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