Standing Orders for Council Meetings
The purpose of Standing Orders is to promote the constructive operation of the democratic process within Council.
"Standing Orders" are a set of rules of debate that apply to all meetings of the Council and its committees. They set the agreed principles of behaviour within meetings, and ensure the Council meets the legal requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
Statutory Basis for Standing Orders
The Local Government Act 2002 requires Council to adopt Standing Orders for the conduct of its meetings.
Standing Orders elaborate on the meeting procedures set out in the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.
All members must abide by the Standing Orders adopted by the Council.
Standing Orders for Manawatu District Council (1MB pdf)