Greater Wellington has 13 regional councillors who represent six constituencies throughout our region – and that means they represent you. Councillors are involved in setting policies, making regulatory decisions and reviewing council performance.

Like all councils, we’re a statutory body and councillors are elected in local body elections every three years.  Various Acts of Parliament, such as the Local Government Act 2002, outlining the activities a council can or may be involved with. Councillors then have the responsibility of deciding how those activities are carried out, always following Standing Orders and the Councillor Code of Conduct.

Te Pane Matua Taiao is not a literal translation of Greater Wellington, instead it speaks of our values and vision for our region and people. It represents our leadership, functions and responsibilities in promoting and maintaining the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of our region.

Te Pane Matua Taiao - our Māori name

  • Te Pane - the crown of the head
  • Matua - first, capital, parent, primary, principal, senior
  • Taiao - environment, world.

The name Te Pane Matua Taiao was created by mana whenua and was a koha (gift) to Greater Wellington in recognition of our partnership.

Updated October 20, 2023 at 10:25 AM

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