The purpose of zones, as set out in the LGNZ constitution, is to:
- Be an electoral college for the appointment of National Council representatives;
- Be working for a member of LGNZ on a geographic basis;
- Provide an opportunity for two-way communication between these geographic areas and LGNZ – and LGNZ reports back to members on major national developments; and
- Provide networking, and information sharing opportunities.
The zone representatives are elected every three years, after the triennial elections, and hold office until the next triennial elections.
Each zone elects or appoints a chair, and in some cases an executive committee, both for a three year term. The chair runs the meetings with the support and input of the executive committee. A chair secretary, normally an officer from the chair's council, services the meetings.
Responsibility for the zone meetings is shared jointly by the zone and LGNZ.
The dates for zone meetings can be found in the LGNZ events calendar.