Waimate District Council has a mayor, eight councillors and a team of 58.03 FTEs (full time equivalent staff members).
Every three years there are local body elections. Within the Waimate District we have four wards:
- Waimate Urban
|Waimate Urban||Sharyn Cain|
Council staff, through the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, are guided by elected members to carry out Council's activities.
Activities and services
Some activities that are governed by legislation and Councils have responsibility for ensuring they are undertaken according to those rules.
Ultimate responsibility for all the District Council's activities rests with Council. Council decides the range of services and activities to be provided, sets the policy for these services and activities, delegates the implementation of these to staff and monitors their performance.
While Council has at times considerable freedom and opportunity to exercise its initiative in deciding its aim and policies, it must do this within the laws, regulations and requirements set down by central government. A local authority may only undertake those activities which are permitted by central government.
As well as providing services itself, Council may contract for services to be provided and assist many other organisations through membership, technical services, advice and financial grants.
Waimate District Council is headed by the Chief Executive, who is responsible to the elected Council for ensuring the effective, efficient and economic management of all Council's activities.