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2. Roles and responsibilities of councillors and chair

This section outlines the roles and responsibilities of both elected and appointed Environment Canterbury (ECan) councillors, including those for the chair and deputy chair.

Overview

The mixed-model aims to align the roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed councillors.

Roles and responsibilities of councillors

  • The roles and responsibilities of elected councillors at ECan will be based on standard arrangements for a regional council in New Zealand.
  • Appointed and elected councillors will have the same governance and decision making roles and responsibilities. Each will have an equal voice and equal vote as members of ECan’s governing body.

Election of chair and deputy chair

  • The Chair and Deputy Chair of ECan will be elected by the governing body in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002.
  • The Chair and Deputy Chair of ECan may be an elected or appointed councillor.
  • The Chair and Deputy Chair may be removed in accordance with Local Government Act 2002.

Other governing arrangements

  • The ECan governing body under the mixed-model is expected to be subject to the same governing requirements as standard regional councils under the Local Government Act 2002. However, there may be the need to make minor modifications to support the operation of the mixed-model.