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Community Boards Executive Committee (CBEC)

What is CBEC?

The Community Boards Executive Committee (CBEC) represents all the community boards in New Zealand. It is an advisory committee to Local Government New Zealand's (LGNZ) National Council. 

The committee's role to advocate in favor of community boards, advise the National Council of LGNZ, and promote best practice amongst community boards.

The CBEC meets three times a year in Wellington. As well as these meetings, each Zone representative run regular zone forums to update community board members and focus on topical issues. 

Who is in CBEC?

  • Mick Lester | CBEC Chair & Zone 3 Representative | Hastings Rural Community Board Member
  • Bronwyn Hunt | CBEC Zone 1 Representative | Te Hiku Community Board
  • Wally van der Aa | CBEC Zone 2 Representative | Turangi Tongariro Community Board 
  • Christine Papps | CBEC Zone 4 Representative | Otaki Community Board
  • Melanie Coker | CBEC Zone 5 Representative | Spreydon Cashmore Community Board
  • Christine Garey | CBEC Zone 6 Representative | Otago Peninsula Community Board
  • Ryan W Jones | West Harbour Community Board
  • Tania Tapsell | Rotorua Lakes Community Board
  • Mick Lester

    Mick Lester

    Chair & Zone 3 | Hastings Rural Community Board Member

    Mick has been on the Hastings Rural Community Board since 2001, when he was elected as a councillor and appointed to the Community Board as one of two Council representatives.

    He put his name forward to be the Zone 3 representative in 2010 as it seemed vital to achieve some co-ordination of boards in the zone so that they could share experiences and learn from each other. Being Chair of Community Boards Executive Committee since 2010 further enabled him to lead the Community Boards nationwide to achieve better relationships with their parent councils, a more constructive way of operating and through the zone meetings and the Community Boards Conference a chance to share experiences and achievements they have made.


  • Bronwyn Hunt

    Zone 1 | Chair, Te Hiku Community Board

  • Wally van der Aa

    Zone 2 | Chair, Turangi Tongariro Community Board

  • Christine Papps

    Zone 4 | Chair, Otaki Community Board

  • Melanie Coker

    Zone 5 | Chair, Spreydon Cashmore Community Board

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    Christine Garey

    Zone 6 | Otago Peninsula Community Board Member

    Christine Garey has served as a community board member for the past nine years; both as Deputy Chairperson and most recently as Chairperson of the Otago Peninsula Community Board. 
    Her background is in tourism, marketing, education and local government. For the past year she has been actively representing the lower South Island (Zone 6) on the national executive – the Community Boards’ Executive Committee (CBEC), reinstating zone meetings and ensuring the concerns of member boards are heard at a national level.  Christine successfully led an appeal to the Local Government Commission to ensure the future of local community boards and is passionate about the value boards bring to their communities and parent councils. 
    She is committed to professional development opportunities for members and enhancing the performance of boards. As a newly elected city councillor appointed to a community board and therefore eligible to stand for CBEC, and with her extensive experience as a community board member, Christine Garey is uniquely placed to represent you on the Community Boards’ Executive Committee as the Zone 6 representative.

  • Ryan Jones

    Ryan W Jones

    West Harbour Community Board

    Ryan is the youngest community board member in New Zealand, after being elected onto the West Harbour Community Board in the 2016 local elections (within zone 6). Ryan is a born and bred Dunedin local, growing up in the West Harbour area. He is also a student at the University of Otago, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and minoring in Māori Studies. He has a history of community organising in his community; he stood in the local elections following a contentious representation review in Dunedin and believes community boards have an even more important role in local government than they did when they were established in 1989.

    Ryan is passionate about social justice, increasing participation in local government and engaging youth in public service. As a parent, Ryan is concerned about issues of climate change, access to affordable housing and education. As one of two youth representatives on CBEC, Ryan plans to highlight these issues and engage young people in local government through his work with community boards.

  • Tania Tapsell

    Tania Tapsell

    Rotorua Lakes Community Board

    Tania Tapsell is one of the youngest Councillors in local government. She is on the Rotorua Lakes Community Board as a Council rep and is serving her second term on Rotorua Lakes Council. There she leads the Sustainability Portfolio, Youth Portfolio, and is Deputy Chair for the Operations & Monitoring Committee. Tania also works at international accounting firm Deloitte, and has previously worked for BNZ Business Partners and Ngati Whakaue Management Office.