We are a public benefit entity - our primary objective is to provide goods and services for community or social benefit.
We're required to make decisions and set directions for promoting the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of our community. It is our responsibility to lead, provide for and contribute to the good governance of the community.
Most New Zealand property owners pay two rates - the territorial and the regional. Tasman ratepayers pay just one, a combined rate, as a result of the services being provided by one authority.
Tasman District Council is one of only five Unitary Authorities in the country.
There are two kinds of local government councils in New Zealand - the territorial authority and the regional authority. Each has different responsibilities. Most local governments in New Zealand are made up of a separate regional council with several territorial authorities (city or district councils) within its borders. The Greater Wellington Regional Council, for example, has nine local councils in its region.
A unitary authority is a territorial authority that also has all the responsibility of a regional authority - unifying both roles in one local government body which covers one geographical area.