Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) will focus on policy matters relating to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of New Zealand and its communities.

The PAG will include 16 members which will include a balance of elected members and senior council officers. This group will consider policy around issues like water, climate change and housing.  

The current members of the Policy Advisory Group are:

  • Richard Kempthorne, Mayor, Tasman District Council (Chair);
  • Stuart Crosby, Vice President, LGNZ and Councillor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council;
  • Ana Coffey, Councillor, Porirua City Council;
  • Bob Simcock, Councillor, Waikato Regional Council;
  • Jane Nees, Deputy Chair, Bay of Plenty Regional Council;
  • Janet Holborow, Deputy Mayor, Kapiti Coast District Council;
  • Jenny Brash, Councillor, Greater Wellington Regional Council;
  • John Forbes, Mayor, Opotiki District Council;
  • Lan Pham, Councillor, Environment Canterbury;
  • Michael Meehan, Chief Executive, West Coast Regional Council;
  • Paula Southgate, Councillor, Hamilton City Council;
  • Penny Pirrit, Director Regulatory Services, Auckland Council;
  • Piri-Hira Tukapua, Councillor, Horowhenua District Council;
  • Richard Hills, Councillor, Auckland Council; and
  • Simon Markham, Manager Strategy and Engagement, Waimakariri District Council;
  • Bill Bayfield, Chief Executive, Environment Canterbury


Date updated: 15 January 2019