Democratic Process

This section outlines the democratic processes available for the public and Council.

Functions and Responsibilities of Council

The Porirua City Council enables democratic local decision making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Porirua City in the present and for the future.

In meeting its purpose the Porirua City Council has a variety of roles:

  • facilitating solutions to local needs
  • advocacy on behalf the local community with central government, other local authorities and other agencies
  • development of local resources
  • management of local infrastructure including network infrastructure (e.g. roads, sewage disposal, water, stormwater) and community infrastructure (libraries, parks and recreational facilities)
  • environmental management
  • planning for the future needs of the local district.

In fulfilling its purpose the Porirua City Council exercises powers and fulfils responsibilities conferred on it by legislation.

Council undertakes a wide variety of services to help our City and its people thrive.  All of these services fall into five groups of activities:

  • Democratic Process
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Environment, Economy and Community
  • Health and Safety
  • Public Utilities

Democratic Process
Ko te Kawanatanga a iwi

Democratic Process provides the people of Porirua City with the opportunity to make decisions about local issues through their elected representatives and enables the Mayor and Councillors to perform their tasks with adequate support services.  It provides for the representation of residents and ratepayers, primarily by the election and support of the Mayor and Councillors and also through administering elections for Porirua representations on the Porirua Licensing Trust, the Greater Wellington (Regional Council), and the Capital Coast District Health Board.

Culture and Recreation
Nga tikanga whakaatu, me te takaro puangi

Cultural and recreational facilities play an important part in enriching our lifestyles and making our City a unique place in which to live.  Recreation covers the provision and maintenance of sports fields, courts, playgrounds, indoor facilities, and an extensive recreation programme.  It also includes beach management, the development and maintenance of parks and reserves, landscaping throughout the City, and the provision of burial and cremation facilities.

Community Services includes the Porirua Library, which has comprehensive genealogy, Maori, South Pacific and local history sections, as well as a wide range of items for loan.  It also includes the Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures which houses the Councils arts and heritage collection and the Melody Farm music collection.  This section also includes Sister Cities, cultural festivals and events, Creative Communities grants and Christmas activities.

Environment, Economy and Community
Ko te taiao, nga whakahaerenga moni, me te iwi whanui

The well being and vitality of a city is a complex interaction of social, economic and environmental issues.  A council can provide leadership, and can facilitate and empower a community as it grows and changes.  Strategic planning helps to ensure that the community and Council are best placed to meet the challenges and needs of the future.  Council also monitors changes and liaises with the Porirua community to facilitate economic and social development.  Council wants to make sure it is using appropriate and cost-effective mechanisms to manage the changes that occur.

Specifically this area covers the development and monitoring of the District Plan and processing of resource consent applications in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991. Wider environmental investigations, such as the Pauatahanui Inlet Action Plan, are also undertaken under this function.

Health and Safety
Ko te hauora me te whakarurutanga

Maintaining the health and safety of residents is one of Porirua City Council’s roles.  The Council monitors and controls a number of activities within the City that will impact on public health and safety. They include building control, environmental health services, dog and stock control, bylaw control and enforcement and emergency management.

Public Utilities
Nga whakapainga a iwi

Public utilities include all those essential services that keep a city operating.  These include maintaining roads, bridges and pedestrian, cycle and transport facilities; parking control; purchase and distribution of water; disposal of sewage; provision of public toilets; collection and recycling of household rubbish; and stormwater collection and disposal.