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Glossary of terms

local boards

A local board has a co-governance role with mayor and councillors at a territorial authority. They are responsible for non-regulatory matters, i.e. they cannot set rates or issue resource consents and building consents.
Local boards administer a budget for their area. They oversee public assets such as libraries, parks, halls and other facilities. They develop and propose bylaws and a triennial plan for their area.
The Remuneration Authority estimates that elected board members need to make a 24-hour per week commitment and the Board Chair needs to work full-time.
Local boards currently exist only at Auckland Council. A law change in 2014 enabled the Commission to establish this governance structure more widely in other areas.
Local boards cannot be abolished by the territorial authority and can only be altered by a local government reorganisation scheme, or varied by agreement between the governing body and the board.