Mana Whakahaere


Gisborne District Council is one of 6 unitary authorities.  Our status comes from the district's relative isolation and the strong communities of interest within it.

Unitary councils combine the functions, duties and powers of a territorial authority (service delivery bodies) with those of a regional council (regulatory authorities).

Our management structure and committee structure are designed to reflect the separation of regulatory from other functions. Council exercises powers and fulfils responsibilities required under local and national legislation.

Local Governance Statement

The Local Governance Statement is a collection of information about Gisborne District Council's organisation, key plans and policies and the processes we have to engage with our communities. The Local Governance Statement is a requirement of the Local Government Act 2002.

A snapshot of our region Te Tairāwhiti

Local Governance Statement 2020