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Auckland Council Local elections 2019

How Auckland Council works

Te āhua mahi a te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau

Political decision-making at Auckland Council is shared between the Governing Body and the local boards.

​Elected members

The mayor

The mayor is elected by all Auckland voters and leads the Governing Body.

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 councillors, elected by voters from the 13 Auckland wards.


The Governing Body establishes committees to enable effective decision-making.

Local boards

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.

Each local board also elects a chairperson and a deputy chairperson.

Watch a video about how Auckland Council works


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