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.
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.
Zone 1 | Chair, Te Hiku Community Board
Zone 2 | Waihi Beach Community Board
Allan was elected to the Waihi Beach Community Board in 2013 and has held the role of Chair since. He has represented Zone 2 on CBEC since August 2018.
His belief in keeping “local” in local government means he values community boards at the coal face in their community. Community Boards are on the spot and can advocate for their communities.
One of his goals while in CBEC is to support and promote Community Boards, encourage us all to celebrate their achievements and help facilitate training so we all have the skills to take Community Board members into a more focused level of governance.
His life’s choices have been varied, but since living in Waihi Beach he has had more time to give back to the community. Allan communicates and works with many groups and lists a few of his interests as. Chair of the Community Patrols of New Zealand Waikato district, Chair of the Western Bay Heritage Trust, a committee member of Waihi Beach Events and Promotions and the Athenree Action Group. His role with the Athenree Homestead Trust is a Council appointment. From this you will gather that governance is seen by him to be paramount for successful organizations.
Allan and his wife Margaret have a small importing, manufacturing and wholesale business and have lived in Athenree for 22 years.
Zone 4 | Chair, Otaki Community Board
Zone 5 | Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board
Alexandra is a member of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board. She values strong, thriving and prosperous communities, clean waterways, and ecological and sustainable decision making that always prioritises future generations. After being elected to the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board in 2013, Alex is the Zone 5 Representative for the Young Elected Members Committee, she has become Chair of Keep Christchurch Beautiful, Chair of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, is a trustee of The Graeme Dingle Foundation, a board member of Canterbury Neighborhood Support along with being the Community Board liaison to several projects and rebuild committees for a variety of community facilities. She has retained a high level of involvement in her ward and across the wider Christchurch area and throughout New Zealand. Alex continues her community driven work in her day job working for Women’s Refugeat the Battered Women’s Trust. Alex believes in having a positive attitude in everything she does and chooses to see perceived problems as challenges that allow opportunities for the creation of extraordinary achievements and outcomes to benefit communities.
Chair, Wanaka Community Board
I was elected to the Wanaka Community Board, and to the role of chair, in 2013 after several years chairing the Hawea Community Association. I have a strong belief in community and supporting the values and identity of each community. The strength of local governance is in being local; decisions are stronger and sounder when made close to source. Community Boards can provide an effective interface between council and community to ensure local validity and engagement.
The Wanaka Community Board represents and acts as an advocate for the wider Wanaka community. The Queenstown Lakes District has given extensive delegation to our Board to make decisions on many of the facilities and services located within the Wanaka Ward. We are the only Board in our district, a reflection of the distinct communities of interest that exist. I work hard to honour our delegations and responsibilities to our community and council as we move forward together to make the best decisions for our ward, which of course itself comprises several distinct communities that we need to work with closely.
Being an active and strong supporter of localised governance, I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the Community Board Executive Committee and work to strengthen the role of community boards nationally.
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) and became the acting Zone 6 representative in 2019. Ryan is a born and bred Dunedin local, growing up in the West Harbour area. He is also a graduate student at the University of Otago, studying the role of local government in the provision of social housing. 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 young people 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.
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.