Council handbook helps you be more involved

The following information was sent through from the Horowhenua District Council:

If you or your group are keen to learn more about how you can engage with Council and be more involved in local democratic processes, the newly-published Council Handbook 2020, will be of interest. The handbook is a collection of information about the processes through which Council engages with residents of Horowhenua, as well as how Council makes decisions and how residents and ratepayers can influence these processes.

The handbook incorporates Horowhenua District Council’s ‘Local Governance Statement’. Under the Local Government Act 2002, every council in New Zealand reviews its Local Governance Statement within six months of local elections.

The handbook includes information about: functions, responsibilities, and activities of Council; electoral arrangements; governance structures and processes; how elected members make decisions; the management structure and key processes of Council; and the six community outcomes identified as priorities in Council’s Long Term Plan. It also contains key district statistics; how to contact elected members; and which elected members serve on which committees, statutory bodies and community groups.

Download the
Horowhenua District Council Handbook 2020 (5 MB PDF).

The WBRA has also ordered 10 printed copies, expected to be available once the Covid-19 Alert Levels have gone. Or ask the Council for one directly: available in print from Council’s customer service centres or by contacting Council on 06 366 0999 or

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