What’s involved in being an elected member
Being an elected member at any level is a serious commitment, even though your responsibilities and hours will vary according to the role you have and the community you represent.
It is a public role and will put you in the spotlight. You will be called upon to speak at meetings and events, and the media may ask for your views on certain topics.
Elected members help decide how South Taranaki’s money is spent, make decisions that will help define the future for our communities, build relationships with Iwi/hapū, community groups and neighbouring local authorities, decide how to meet the current and future needs for infrastructure, review and set policy and strategy and monitor performance of the Council against objectives and measures.
On any given day, an elected member may:
- read and prepare for the upcoming week's meetings
- vote in various decision-making meetings and committees
- engage with the public to hear their views
- attend events like public meetings, citizenship ceremonies, or the opening of a new park or cycleway.
Community Board members have similar responsibilities however your focus will be on the community you represent. Community Boards are responsible for allocating funds for community projects and programmes by assessing applications to a Discretionary Fund.
- Rather than making decisions the Community Boards make recommendations for the Mayor and Councillors to consider. There is still the need to read and prepare for the upcoming week's meetings, engage with the public to hear their views and attend events like public meetings, citizenship ceremonies, or the opening of a new park or cycleway.
For more information on the roles and responsibilities of elected members, click here to to read the Governance Statement.