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Appointment of commission to Tauranga City Council
Appointment of commission to Tauranga City Council

The transfer of power at the Tauranga City Council occurred on Wednesday, 9 February 2021. The public-elected councillors now have no official responsibility and can no longer act in their roles.

Appointed by the Government, a four-person commission has replaced the remaining public-elected members.

The coming weeks will be busier than usual for the newly appointed commission as they are tasked with producing a "robust and fit for purpose" long-term plan 2021-2031.

Council Acting Chief Executive, Christine Jones, said staff looked forward to working with the commissioners to address the city’s pressing, growth-related issues.

“The Executive team has prepared a comprehensive briefing paper to assist commissioners when they take up their new roles on 9 February,” she said. “Amongst the many critical matters they will be tasked with is the delivery of our 2021-31 Long-term Plan (LTP) and we anticipate a period of intense community engagement leading into the development and adoption of the draft plan for formal consultation.

“The senior management team looks forward to meeting and greeting the commissioners when they take up their appointments. Staff are committed to working closely with the commissioners."

The 10-year-plan has been in drafting stages since December 2020, now the commission will “see it through the process of being finalised for consultation, sent out for community feedback, re-evaluated, then signed off, by June 30”.

The Appointment of Commission to Tauranga City Council is outlined by the New Zealand Gazette, reporting the required tasks (full document here). The Commission is required to:

  • Determine a mechanism for engaging with the community, iwi, elected representatives and other stakeholders to rebuild confidence and trust in the Council;
  • Deliver a robust and fit-for-purpose 2021–31 Long-term plan that adequately prioritises the needs of the community, city and region;
  • Continue to identify the extent of the problems faced by the Council and engage in existing Council initiatives or other actions to address these issues;
  • Continue to work with the Council’s chief executive to build capability and capacity within the Council organisation;
  • Actively seek to collaborate and co-operate with other local authorities to further achieve the objectives of agreed plans and strategies to manage transport and urban development in a high-growth region (including, but not limited to, Smart Growth, the Urban Form and Transport initiative, and the Western Bay of Plenty Transport System Plan);
  • Develop a clear and comprehensive exit plan to facilitate a smooth transition back to an elected Council; and
  • Any other tasks the Commission determines to be necessary to restore the trust and confidence of the community in the Council.