LOCAL GOVERNMENT New Zealand is sponsoring an amendment to Model standing orders for meetings of local authorities and community boards NZS 9202:2003.
The amendment is due to be published in March 2006 and incorporates changes made to the Local Government Act over the last two years. “Local authorities, regional councils and community boards use the Standard to run meetings within the requirements of the Local Government Act,” says Ray McIndoe of Palmerston North City Council and chair of the committee revising the Standard. “The amendment will reflect changes from the 2004 amendments to the Act, including a change in the rules for voting, by allowing the use of a casting vote by the chair.”
The Standard presents a set of model standing orders for meetings. Bodies using the Standard can simply adopt them or make changes to allow for local circumstances (within the terms of the Local Government Act). The model standing orders refl ect legislative requirements relating to:
- The conduct of local authority meetings, particularly the provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 (including amendments made to the Act in 2004)
- The Local Government Offi cial Information and Meetings Act 1987, including amendments made to these Acts in 2004.