Auckland Council explained

Role of the mayor

Auckland has an executive mayor, elected by residents from across the region. The mayor leads Auckland Council's Governing Body.

The mayor’s responsibilities include:

  • promoting a vision for Auckland
  • providing leadership to achieve the vision
  • leading the development of council plans, policies and budgets
  • ensuring effective engagement between Auckland Council and Aucklanders.

The mayor is also responsible for appointing the deputy mayor, establishing the committees of the Governing Body and appointing the committee chairs.

The Auckland Council legislation empowers the mayor to staff an office for the purpose of meeting these extended responsibilities. This office includes planning, policy and consultation roles, and deals with day-to-day communication, correspondence, management the mayor’s diary, and media relations. 

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