Council history

Christchurch was founded in 1850 on the arrival of about 800 settlers from the United Kingdom, and became New Zealand's first city, by Royal Charter, in 1856.

Responsible local government began when the first meeting of the Christchurch Municipal Council, established under a provincial ordinance, was held on 3 March 1862.

2013 ward boundary maps

Ward boundaries changed for the local elections in October 2016. This information is for historic purposes and is no longer current.

Coat of arms

Our Coat of arms is symbolic and reflective of our City’s heritage.

Council offices

A look back at the places where Council meetings have taken place over the years.

Representation review

The shape of representation for the 2016 local elections have been announced by the Local Government Commission.

Past chairmen and mayors

Past Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors.