The Christchurch City Council is the local government authority for Christchurch in New Zealand. It is a territorial authority elected to represent the 375,000 people of Christchurch. The council currently consists of 13 councillors elected from seven wards, and is presided over by the current Mayor, Lianne Dalziel.
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.