Division 2 The mayor
225 The mayor
An area must have a mayor who is elected in accordance with this
226 What is the role of the mayor?
The role of the mayor is:
• to exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of
the governing body of the council between meetings of the
• to exercise such other functions of the council as the council
• to preside at meetings of the council
• to carry out the civic and ceremonial functions of the mayoral
227 Who elects the mayor?
The mayor of an area is the person elected to the office of mayor
(a) the councillors from among their number, unless there is a
decision in force under this Division which provides for the election of the
mayor by the electors, or
(b) the electors, if such a decision is in
Note. As to the election of the mayor, see also section
228 How is it decided that the mayor be elected by the
(1) It may be decided at a constitutional referendum that the mayor be
elected by the electors.
(2) A decision that the mayor be elected by the electors takes effect
in relation to the next ordinary election after the decision is
229 Can the decision be changed?
(1) A decision that the mayor be elected by the electors is rescinded
only if a constitutional referendum decides in favour of discontinuing that
means of election.
(2) The rescission takes effect in relation to the next ordinary
election after the rescission occurs.
230 For what period is the mayor elected?
(1) A mayor elected by the councillors holds the office of mayor for 1
year, subject to this Act.
(2) A mayor elected by the electors holds the office of mayor for 4
years, subject to this Act.
(3) The office of mayor:
(a) commences on the day the person elected to the office is declared
to be so elected, and
(b) becomes vacant when the person’s successor is declared to be
elected to the office, or on the occurrence of a casual vacancy in the
(4) A person elected to fill a casual vacancy in the office of mayor
holds the office for the balance of the predecessor’s
231 Deputy mayor
(1) The councillors may elect a person from among their number to be
the deputy mayor.
(2) The person may be elected for the mayoral term or a shorter
(3) The deputy mayor may exercise any function of the mayor at the
request of the mayor or if the mayor is prevented by illness, absence or
otherwise from exercising the function or if there is a casual vacancy in the
office of mayor.
(4) The councillors may elect a person from among their number to act
as deputy mayor if the deputy mayor is prevented by illness, absence or
otherwise from exercising a function under this section, or if no deputy mayor
has been elected.