Waikato Regional Council is a local government body. We help communities, industry and other groups in New Zealand's Waikato region to live and work with natural resources.
Our activities help look after our region's water, soil, air, geothermal areas and coasts - so we can all enjoy these precious resources for generations to come.
The people of the Waikato region are represented by 14 elected council members. These representatives work in committees and make decisions and/or recommendations on a variety of matters which are then reported to or decided on by the full council once a month.
Waikato Regional Council's work, functions and priorities are guided by legislative requirements and by the decisions made by your councillor representatives.
Waikato Regional Council was established in 1989. The council was formed with the amalgamation of 40 former authorities including:
The aim of this change was to make local government more efficient, fair and accountable.
Originally the Waikato Valley Authority was established by an Act of Parliament called the Waikato Valley Authority Act on 26 October 1956. When the Water and Soil Conservation Act 1967 was passed the existing functions of the Waikato Valley Authority were extended to that of a Catchment Board/Regional Water Board.
When the Ministry of Works and Development Abolition Act 1988 was passed in March 1988, the Waikato Valley Authority changed its name to the Waikato Catchment Board to reflect the taking up of some of the functions previously undertaken by the Ministry of Works and Development.
Our legislative responsibilites are provided under:
You can find out more about these legislation on the New Zealand Legislation website(external link).
These responsibilities include
Our priority work areas are agreed upon by our communities and their delegated representatives - your councillors. These are set out in our 2016-19 Strategic Direction.
Our Executive Leadership Team have overall responsibility for implementing council decisions and ensuring the effective and efficient performance of the council. Each member of the team is responsible for a directorate. There are five directorates, each made up of workstream-based section teams.
And, please remember, it's our job to make sure that environmental regulations are being followed for the good of the environment and wider community. This might mean that we have to come onto your property.