Glossary of terms
A local authority with jurisdiction over a region. Its main functions are natural resource management, land use planning and environmental matters. Its boundaries are based on water catchments, such as rivers, lakes and harbours. The seaward boundary is the twelve mile (19.3km) New Zealand territorial limit. A regional council is headed by a Chair, who is a councillor elected by fellow councillors. It can have between six and fourteen elected members.
A scheme issued by the Local Government Commission (or an appointed local authority or joint committee of the affected local authorities) after it has considered submissions on a draft reorganisation scheme and decided to issue a final version. It takes legal effect through an Order in Council, rather than a vote by the whole Parliament.