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Role, responsibilities and remuneration of a local board member

​Key responsibilities of a local board member

Local board members make decisions on local issues like playgrounds and sporting facilities and help build strong communities. They also:

  • develop and adopt local board plans
  • engage with local community
  • propose local bylaws and local targeted rates.

Local board members may also take on responsibility for a particular area or portfolio, such as events or parks.

They may be asked to sit on local board committees such as funding committees.

See About local boards for more information about local board functions.

A day in the life of a local board member

In a typical day, a local board member might:

  • attend the local board's monthly meeting (See recordings of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board meetings)
  • meet with council employees to discuss plans for a local playground
  • respond to media queries
  • attend the monthly meeting of a residents' association
  • engage with members of the public at a local library.

On any given day, they might also be:

  • reading and preparing for the upcoming week's meetings
  • voting in various decision-making meetings and committees
  • engaging with the public to hear their views
  • attending events like public meetings, school prize giving, citizenship ceremonies or the opening of a new park or cycleway
  • representing the council at cultural events like Matariki, Chinese New Year or Diwali
  • taking part in community activities like a working bee for a local stream regeneration project.

Skills and qualities that make a successful elected member

Time management

Being an elected member and representing the views of Aucklanders requires a lot of preparation, flexibility and prioritisation to manage time effectively.

Local board members are expected to read agendas, minutes, plans, reports, submissions, advice, recommendations and various other materials.

Commitment

Local board members often work outside of normal working hours, at night and on weekends.

Resilience

Local board members are in the public eye as a part of their role, and will be called upon to speak publicly at meetings and events, and give comments to media on certain issues.

Communication

Local board members need to be able to listen to, relate to and empathise with the people they represent, and feed Aucklanders' views into their decision-making.

Local board members should be able to confidently communicate views and opinions when speaking publicly and when engaging with the public.

A large portion of the role will involve technology, so they should know how to use email, Skype, a smartphone, and a computer or tablet.

Strategic thinking and decision-making

Local board members will need to draw from a range of sources when making decisions - advice from staff, community views and their own experience.

They will need to be able to balance conflicting views, consider the financial and long-term consequences of decisions, and keep an open mind.

They also need to understand how the governing body and local boards work, to get an idea of what decisions they may be able to influence.

Relationships

As a part of the role, local board members will need to build and maintain productive relationships and networks.

They should be willing to respectfully engage with a wide range of people from different cultures and disciplines, including community members and council employees.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

We are committed to meeting our responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, and our broader statutory obligations to Māori.

Knowledge of tikanga Māori is helpful to all elected members.

Remuneration

The Remuneration Authority issues a determination for the remuneration of elected members each year on 30 June.

The annual salary rates 2020/2021 for the Albert-Eden Local Board can be found on the Elected members remuneration page.

Elected members' code of conduct

For expectations of being an elected member, see the Elected members' code of conduct.

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