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.