Council Policies

These are the policies in place that govern how Council meetings operate, and how the elected Council delegates responsibilities to Committees, Subcommittees and to staff.

Code of Conduct 

A Code of Conduct for elected members (councillors, mayor and community board members) must be adopted under Schedule 7, Part 1 Clause 15 of the Local Government Act 2002.  The Act requires that “a member of a local authority must comply with the code of conduct of that local authority”.  

This code of conduct provides guidance on the standards of behaviour that are expected from the Mayor and elected members of the Tasman District Council. The code extends to all elected and appointed members of Council committees and subcommittees.

The code applies to the Mayor and elected and appointed members in their dealings with each other, the Chief Executive, all staff employed by the Chief Executive on behalf of the Council, the media and the general public.

Delegations Register 

All delegations from the Tasman District Council to Standing Committees, Subcommittees, Members and Staff are recorded in the Delegations Register.

The delegations have been approved by a Council resolution and, unless otherwise stated, are deemed to have been made under Clause 32, Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Local Governance Statement 

The Local Governance Statement describes how Council engages with the residents of Tasman District, how the Council makes decisions and how the residents can influence these processes. The Local Governance Statement includes the following broad categories of information:

  • functions, responsibilities and activities of the local authority;
  • electoral arrangements;
  • governance structures and processes;
  • the way elected members make decisions and relate to each other and to the management of the local authority;
  • key policies of the local authority.

Standing Orders 

Clause 27, Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 requires local authorities to adopt a set of standing orders for the conduct of its meetings and those of its committees, including community boards.

These Standing Orders will continue in existence and force until they are either replaced or altered in accordance with Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act.

The Golden Bay Community Board Standing Orders reflect the Council Standing Orders except in clause 3.19.7.

Statement on Fostering Māori Participation in Council Decision-Making 

This statement outlines the steps Council intends to take to foster Māori capacity to contribute to Council decision-making processes over the period of this Long Term Plan, as required by Schedule 10(5) of the Local Government Act 2002.

Tasman District Council Policy on Elected Members' Allowances and Recovery of Expenses

This policy sets out the rules and processes for claiming expenses by elected members and the resources that will be available to them during their term in office.

Tasman District Council Investment Policy 

This policy sets objectives for the management of Tasman District Council's investments. Originally part of the 2012-2022 Long Term Plan, this policy has been superseded by the Treasury Risk Management Policy, adopted on 30 June 2014.

Tasman District Council Liability Management Policy 

This policy sets out how Tasman District Council manages its liabilities. Originally part of the 2012-2022 Long Term Plan, this policy has been superseded by the Treasury Risk Management Policy, adopted on 30 June 2014.

Tasman District Council Revenue And Financing Policy

The Revenue and Financing Policy explains “who pays and why”. It shows how Council activities are funded. It is not about what Council does, nor is it about what it costs. Revenue sources include rates, fees, charges, subsidies
and investments.

Tasman District Council Significance and Engagement Policy 

This policy sets out Council's general approach to determining significance of proposals and thresholds, criteria and processes for determining significance.

Tasman District Council Treasury Risk Management Policy

The Treasury Risk Management Policy includes new versions of the Liability Management and Investment Policies. These policies were approved by Council on 30 June 2014 and are a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002. These policies may be amended at any time by Council resolution.

The purpose of the Treasury Risk Management Policy is to outline approved policies and procedures in respect of all treasury activity to be undertaken by Tasman District Council.  The formalisation of such policies and procedures will enable treasury risks within Tasman District Council to be prudently managed.