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Regional council

A regional council is one type of local authority.  In New Zealand, regional councils’ responsibilities include:

  • Managing the effects of using freshwater, land, air and coastal waters.
  • Developing regional policy statements and the issuing of consents.
  • Managing rivers, mitigating soil erosion and flood control.
  • Regional emergency management and civil defence preparedness.
  • Regional land transport planning and contracting passenger services.
  • Harbour navigation and safety, oil spills and other marine pollution.

Some district and city councils also have the powers of regional councils, these are referred to as unitary authorities.