If you know the name of your council, visit the Department of Internal Affairs' Local Councils website and click on the appropriate links.
If you don’t know the name of your council, try browsing the helpful maps on the Statistics New Zealand website. Refine your search by selecting either ‘regional councils’ or ‘territorial authorities’ in the boundaries option at the top of the screen.
Another option for finding your local council or Member of Parliament is through the Land Information New Zealand website. Enter the name of your street and it will give you the name of your local territorial authority and your parliamentary electorate.
Anyone can take part in council processes. Members of the public can attend most council meetings or make submissions where the council is undertaking consultation.
Most councils use their websites to publicise issues where they are consulting the community. The documents are also available from council offices and sometimes at public libraries. Councils must provide you with an easy-to-understand summary of their proposals and plans. They should identify if you are to be affected by a decision, encourage you to make your views known and provide you with reasons for their decisions.
If you want to be consulted and informed about the work of your council, seek out its decisions, plans, finances and strategies. You can make an informed contribution to the council’s work in your community if you become engaged in the process.