The mayor is elected by all Auckland voters and leads our governing body.
The governing body focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions.
The governing body consists of the mayor and 20 governing body members - ward councillors elected by voters from the 13 Auckland wards they represent.
The governing body establishes
committees to enable effective decision-making.
Local boards represent the communities in their area and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities.
Each of the 21 local boards has between five and nine members, elected by voters from the area they represent.
Auckland Council organisation
The Auckland Council organisation is led by the chief executive, who works closely with the mayor.
The chief executive appoints an
executive leadership team who direct organisational staff.
The organisation as a whole is responsible for our operation and service delivery, advising the governing body and local boards and carrying out their decisions.
Council-controlled organisations (CCOs)
CCOs look after specific council assets, services or infrastructure.
The CCOs operate separately but are accountable to the governing body, which sets their direction and monitors their performance.
Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB)
IMSB ensures there is a voice for Māori in the governance of Auckland, and advises us on making informed decisions and meeting our statutory obligations in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.
Members of the IMSB sit on each committee dealing with natural and physical resources, and may be appointed to others.
The IMSB is independent of Auckland Council.
We are also advised by a range of
advisory panels, which identify and communicate to us the interests and preferences of specific groups of Aucklanders.
Co-management authorities and external partnerships
We work with different
co-management authorities and
external partners: central government, our communities, mana whenua and neighbouring councils to ensure the best outcomes for Auckland across a wide variety of areas.