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Governing Body inaugural meeting

Published: 1 November 2019

The inaugural meeting of Auckland Council’s Governing Body for the 2019-22 electoral term was held on Friday 1 November.

This is the first official meeting of this Governing Body and the inauguration part of proceedings is largely ceremonial. It was webcast on Auckland Council’s website and is available on-demand. 

Programme and performance details


Drums of the Pacific introduction
Karanga and arrival of official party – Mayor, Councillors and Chief Executive; fanfare, hymn – Whakaaria mai, mihi and waiata – Tutira Mai Nga Iwi


Mayor is sworn in, makes his oral declaration, receives the Mayoral chains and makes a Mayoral speech


Audience asked to stand for waiata – Purea Nei


Councillors make their declarations (part one)


Chinese Blossom Arts Troupe perform


Councillors make their declarations (continued)


Auckland City Scoundrels perform

  • Sweet Dreams (Eurhythmics
  • Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
  • Take on Me (A-Ha)


Mayor formally moves resolution to adjourn the meeting  

Sistema Aotearoa perform Maranga Ra (waiata composed by Māori composer Rob Ruha)


Audience asked to stand and join Sistema Aotearoa, APO and Auckland Council’s waiata group, for the National Anthem


End of programme

The Mayor were sworn into office by Chief Executive Stephen Town, followed by the councillors, in alphabetical order.

Performances by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Drums of the Pacific, the Chinese Blossom Art Troupe, Auckland City Scoundrels and Sistema Aotearoa  featured during the evening.

The evening was MC’d by Eddie Tuiavii and the organist was Dr Indra Hughes.

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