Meetings - current
Council and Council Committee meetings and Hearings Panel hearings are held in the Council Chambers in Esk Street, normally at 4pm (9am for the Hearings Panel). The Bluff Community Board meets in the Bluff Senior Citizens Association building at 10 Onslow Street, Bluff, normally at 7pm.
Agendas become available for download (below) within two days of the actual meetings. The following list of all meetings is subject to change:
Members of the public are welcome to attend all Council meetings. Only elected members of council and those invited to speak to agenda items have speaking rights. Appendix F (page 63) of the Standing Orders (540KB) covers applications to speak. Please see detailed notes near the foot of this page.
Contact the Council's Communications and Secretarial Services Manager (03) 211 1678 for more information.
Unless otherwise specified, meetings are held in the Council Chambers/Committee Room (Civic Administration Building, 101 Esk Street, Invercargill) or in the case of the Bluff Community Board, in the Bluff Senior Citizens Association building at 10 Onslow Street, Bluff.
Attendance and participation
Members of the public are invited to attend Council meetings (unless otherwise specified) and may also request to speak to the appropriate committee or to the Bluff Community Board.
As noted above, Appendix F (page 63) of the Standing Orders covers applications to speak at a public forum. It states that applications to speak, together with a précis of the address to be given, must be lodged in writing with the Chief Executive Officer not less than four clear working days prior to that meeting. The CEO, in consultation with the mayor or chairperson, is authorised to waive notice, provided that:
(a) The application, together with a précis of the address to be given, is made before noon on the day of the meeting; and
(b) The application specifically relates to an item included for debate on the agenda.
The appendix also states that the mayor or chairperson may refuse applications which are repetitious or offensive, or where the mayor or chairperson has a reason to believe that the statements have been made with malice.
Agendas and minutes
Copies of Council meeting agendas are available online and from the Council's Bluff and Invercargill offices two days before the meetings.
- The Council (both elected Councillors and appointed management and staff), its committees and community board have regular meetings to discuss local issues and policies, including how the Council's money should be spent. The meeting procedures, processes and decision making are typically formal and follow a set protocol which is overseen by the Council's Secretarial Services Manager.
- Bluff Community Board: Invercargill has one Community Board, the Bluff Community Board, which includes elected members of the community and also one Council representative (Councillor). The board meets every six weeks.
- Committees: There are four Council committees whose members are selected from the elected Councillors. Most of the reports from Council staff are presented at the committee meetings. Meetings are held approximately once every eight weeks.
- Council: Council meetings have a set agenda and allow the elected members (Mayor and Councillors) to make decisions on behalf of Invercargill residents and ratepayers. Council meetings are held approximately once every two weeks.
- Other: This includes other Council-related meetings and hearings.
- Youth Council: The Youth Council has a set agenda like Council meetings (but the meetings themselves are less formal). Youth Council meetings are held approximately every six weeks.