The following Policies are provided in pdf format.

Council Policies

A. Democracy

Council and Committees
Code of Conduct for Council
Code of Conduct for Community Board Members
Remuneration – Elected Members
Māori Policy
Conferences, Seminars and Training Policy

Significance and Engagement Policy
The Significance and Engagement Policy enables Council and the community to identify the degree of significance attached to particular issues, proposals, assets and decisions. Under this policy, items are given a rating from a low to high degree of significance. In applying the policy Council will make it clear to communities how and when they can expect to be engaged in decisions about different issues. The policy also means that Council will be informed from the beginning of a decision-making process about the extent and form of any public engagement that is expected before a particular decision is made. 
Significance and Engagement Policy

I. Civil Defence and Emergency Management

J. Promotion, Publicity and Media Liaison

M. Financial

Revenue and Financing Policy 
The policy sets out how the Council will fund its activities. This policy is reviewed as part of the LTP processes in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002. This policy sets out the principles for determining how the Council’s operating and capital spending will be funded – in other words, where the money to progress the agreed work programme will come from. In particular, it considers who benefits most from an activity and therefore who should contribute to funding it.
Revenue and Financing Policy

Investment Policy
The purpose of this policy is to outline approved policies and procedures in respect of all investment activities to be undertaken by the Council. 
Investment Policy

Financial and Development Contributions Policy
The Local Government Act 2002 allows Council to consider the use of financial and development contributions for the costs of community facilities expected as the district grows.
Development Contributions and Financial Contributions Policy

Rating Policies (various)
Outline Council’s rating objectives and the key elements of the rating system together with policies on the remission or postponement of rates in certain circumstances.
Remission and Postponement of Rates on Māori Freehold Land
Remission of Rates
Postponement of Rates

Liability Management and Investment Policies
These policies outline the framework within which the Council will prudently plan and manage its borrowings and investments.
Liability and Management Policy

Procuring Goods and Services Policy
Grants Policy
Pain Farm Income Distribution Policy
Water by Meter Leak Write-off Policy
Coastal Erosion Policy
Financial Delegations Policy

N. Administration and Employment

Common Seal Policy
Fraud Policy
Compliments & Complaints Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy was first adopted on 29 June 2009 and is periodically reviewed. The policy states that the South Wairarapa District Council is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities (EEO) and being a good employer. It will work with and support management in implementing EEO principles so that they receive acceptance at all levels and throughout the Council.

Council will:

  • Ensure that recruitment and promotion processes are in keeping with EEO principles and are on merit.
  • Ensure that all job descriptions, advertisements, specifications, reports and other Council documentation are non-sexist, non-racist and do not discriminate against people with disabilities or against age.
  • Monitor all qualification requirements to ensure that these do not exclude some groups from consideration.
  • Review all work and physical arrangements to ensure these do not impede the employment of people with disabilities or on the basis of gender or age.
  • Foster a positive climate in the workplace, which appreciates a diversity of background and individual contribution, and encourages employees to develop their potential.
  • Develop and encourage training opportunities to promote EEO.
  • Identify and provide appropriate training programmes to enable employees to best meet the requirements of their current jobs and to develop additional skills with a view to future promotion opportunities.
  • Ensure compliance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act in all areas of Council’s operations.

We have the following internal operational policies:

  • Information and Technology Policy
  • Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Policy
  • Smoking and Vaping at Work Policy
  • Driving Policy
  • Flexible Working Policy
  • Time Off in Lieu Policy

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