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About the Governing Body

The Governing Body explained

The Governing Body is a decision-making group, made up of the mayor and 20 ward councillors.

Auckland Council’s governance is shared between the Governing Body and 21 local boards.

What the Governing Body does

The Governing Body focuses on Auckland-wide, strategic decisions, making the most of the council’s size and ability to deliver across Auckland.

The Governing Body is responsible for:

  • preparing and adopting the 10-year budget (long-term plan (LTP)), annual budget (annual plan) and annual report
  • setting rates and bylaws
  • decision-making on regulatory matters and on Auckland-wide non-regulatory matters
  • setting strategies, policies and plans, including the Auckland plan and the Unitary plan
  • the governance of council-controlled organisations (CCOs)
  • consulting with and considering the views of local boards before making decisions that affect the communities in the local board areas, or the responsibilities or operations of the local board
  • negotiating a local board agreement with each local board
  • monitoring and reviewing the performance of the organisation.


Wayne Brown

Deputy mayor

Desley Simpson


All councillors are members of the Governing Body.

See a list of ward councillors.

Team leader - governance advisors

Sarndra O'Toole

09 890 8152 or 021 704 850

Powers of the Governing Body

The Governing Body Terms of Reference set out which powers can be delegated to committees and which are retained by the Governing Body.

Meeting rules and procedures

The Standing orders of the Governing Body outline the rules and procedures for meetings of the Governing Body.

​See Governing Body meetings for schedule and agendas.

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