Who We Are

The Council makes decisions for and on behalf of the local community and sets the district’s overall strategic direction.

Operating under the Local Government Act 2002 (which provides the general framework for local government) and through consultation with the community, the Council seeks to meet the current and future needs of the district’s communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions.

About the Council

Every three years the Mayor, 14 councillors and 16 community board members are elected by the district’s enrolled voters. The full Council, and the Planning, Performance and Te Huinga Taumatua committees meet on a five-weekly cycle.  Other committees meet on an as required basis.

The Planning, Performance and Te Huinga Taumatua committees have delegated authority from the Council to make final decisions on certain matters. They make recommendations to the Council on all other matters. 

The four community boards – Clifton, Waitara, Inglewood and Kaitake – as well as other committees and working parties can make recommendations to the Council for them to consider.

The Chief Executive and approximately 530 full time equivalent staff provide advice and information to the elected members and the public, implement Council decisions and manage the district’s day-to-day operations. 

This includes everything from maintaining more than 110 parks and reserves, wastewater management and issuing consents and permits, through to providing libraries and other recreational services and ensuring the district’s eateries meet health standards.

Growth and plans for New Plymouth District

The District Plan and the Long-Term Plan (LTP) are the two major planning documents which the Council produces. 

The District Plan is the primary document for the sustainable management of the effects of land use and development within New Plymouth District. 

The Long-Term Plan (LTP) is a 10-year plan which reflects the Council’s work on behalf of the community through the allocation of funding for council services, projects and programmes. It links to other plans and strategies, including our activity management and asset management plans. The LTP is produced every three years. 

Vision and community outcomes

The vision and community outcomes articulate the Council’s strategic direction and the priorities that give effect to this. They sit at the heart of the Council’s strategic framework and assist the organisation’s move towards a more integrated and aligned approach to planning, policy and strategy. 

The vision and community outcomes are reflected in the Long-Term Plan and an integrated strategic framework. They are translated into goals and actions across the Council organisation so that they are truly reflected in how the Council delivers its activities.

Energy efficiency

NPDC is proud to be an energy efficient council. Continuously working to reduce our energy usage is a key internal priority. We have improved our heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems at our main sites and encourage our staff to walk or e-bike for short trips around town.

In 2015, we achieved energy savings of $1.3 million, and in doing so met the emissions goal of a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas production.