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4. Appointment process

This section details the process that will be followed when appointing councillors to Environment Canterbury (ECan).


Longlisting of potential candidates for appointment as councillors will begin before the triennial local authority elections. The responsible Ministers will identify suitable candidates for shortlisting after the elections, giving particular consideration to any skills or knowledge gaps among the elected councillors of the governing body.

Process for appointment

  • The appointment process will mirror the appointment process of Commissioners under the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010 and follow best practice for Government appointments.
  • The Minister for the Environment and the Associate Minister of Local Government will be jointly responsible for making appointments to ECan.
  • The disqualification provisions for elected councillors under the Local Electoral Act 2001 will apply to the appointment of appointed councillors. This means candidates for appointment must be New Zealand citizens, be on the roll of electors and not be a candidate for election for another council or community board in the region.
  • The responsible Ministers will consider skills, knowledge and expertise in the following areas when making appointments:
    • freshwater management
    • local authority governance and management
    • tikanga Māori, as it applies in the Canterbury region
    • the Canterbury region and its people.
  • The appointment process will include expectations for the appointed councillors of ECan to perform the same functions, roles and responsibilities as elected councillors of ECan.
  • After the next triennial local authority elections, a shortlist will be finalised, giving consideration to any skills gaps that may exist among the elected councillors of ECan in the criteria listed in .
  • The appointed councillors would come into office as soon as possible following the 2016 local authority elections. Some of the current Commissioners will be able to remain in office to work with the elected councillors until the appointed councillors come into office.