On any given day, an elected member may:
- read and prepare for the upcoming week's meetings
- vote in various decision-making meetings and committees
- engage with the public to hear their views
- attend events like public meetings
- take part in community activities
On top of this, there will be responsibilities that relate to your specific role.
Regional Councils are led by a Chair, unlike a city or district council who have an elected Mayor. Once the Regional Council has been formed, councillors will vote and elect a Chair themselves.
Councillors make decisions that address the needs of the Bay of Plenty and the constituency they represent. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has councillors who are elected through both the general and the Māori electoral rolls.
On a typical day, a councillor might:
- attend a committee meeting
- read through agendas and minutes and other papers to gain background understanding of an issue
- hear an update on progress in preventing the spread of kauri dieback
- speak to residents as part of a consultation about a new bylaw
- talk to media about the state of our region’s waterways