The members of the Mayoral Forum are the mayors of the 10 territorial authorities in Canterbury and the chair of the regional council (Environment Canterbury). Chief Executives attend Mayoral Forum meetings to support their mayor/chair and implement decisions through the Chief Executives Forum and other regional forums and working groups.
Pictured: Canterbury Mayoral Forum, 3 Feb 2020 – L to R: Craig Mackle (Kaikōura District), Jenny Hughey (Environment Canterbury – Chair), Craig Rowley (Waimate District), Dan Gordon (Waimakariri District), Nigel Bowen (Timaru District – Deputy Chair), Neil Brown (Ashburton District), Gary Kircher (Waitaki District), Sam Broughton (Selwyn District – Chair), Lianne Dalziel (Christchurch City), Graham Smith (Mackenzie District), Marie Black (Hurunui District).
Mayoral Forum membership
The 11 member councils are Kaikōura District, Hurunui District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City, Selwyn District, Ashburton District, Timaru District, Mackenzie District, Waimate District, Waitaki District (part of which lies within the Canterbury Regional Council area), and Environment Canterbury.
The Chair of the Forum in this local government term (2019–22) is Sam Broughton, Mayor of Selwyn District. The Deputy Chair is Nigel Bowen, Mayor of Timaru District.
The Forum is mandated by the Canterbury Local Authorities’ Triennial Agreement 2020 (224kb PDF).
What does the Mayoral Forum do?
The Mayoral Forum provides a mechanism for local authorities in Canterbury to:
- stand together and speak with ‘one strong voice’ for Canterbury and its communities
- identify and prioritise issues of mutual concern and foster co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration to address them
- advance regional economic and social development through leadership, facilitation and advocacy
- work together, and with central government and other key sector leaders in Canterbury, to meet the needs and expectations of our communities at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers.
The Forum meets quarterly and is supported by a permanent secretariat hosted by Environment Canterbury.
In 2008, the Mayoral Forum initiated the Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) with its vision: To enable present and future generations to gain the greatest social, economic, recreational and cultural benefits from our water resources within an environmentally sustainable framework.
Environment Canterbury leads the implementation of the CWMS with Ngāi Tahu and the region’s territorial authorities and reports quarterly to the Mayoral Forum.
Working together on the CWMS built relationships and trust between local authorities in Canterbury. This laid the foundation for working together on the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy (CREDS) (2mb PDF). The CREDS was launched in August 2015 and refreshed for the 2017–19 local government term.
The Mayoral Forum made significant progress towards achieving the aims of the CREDS. Before local body elections in October 2019, the Mayoral Forum reflected on its achievements (305kb PDF) during the 2016–19 local government term.
The Forum launched its Plan for Canterbury in September 2020. This replaces the CREDS and sets out the Forum’s vision for the region. For the remainder of this local government term (2020–22), the Forum will focus on five priorities where it can make a difference through leadership, advocacy and enabling partnerships.
- Sustainable environmental management of our habitats (land, air, water and ecosystems), focusing on land use and freshwater management.
- Shared economic prosperity – through sustainable, value-added primary production, high-value manufacturing, high-value tourism, growing attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and attracting new businesses.
- Better freight transport options – mode shift to optimise movement of long-distance freight by rail and coastal shipping to improve road safety, decrease carbon emissions and reduce wear and tear on the region’s roads.
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation – reducing our carbon footprint, building community resilience and making our infrastructure as strong as it can be.
- Three Waters services – securing safe drinking-water supplies, and ensuring that infrastructure, institutional arrangements and regulation enable the sustainable management of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater in Canterbury.
Canterbury councils have launched a joint campaign to highlight the impacts of climate change.
The Mayoral Forum has hosted two workshops to discuss the future for local government.
The Mayoral Forum met on 28 May and discussed essential freshwater, three waters reforms and other current issues.