The LGNZ National Council is the elected leadership of LGNZ.
As well as being a Mayor, Chair, Deputy Mayor or Councillor, National Council members also act as the governing body of LGNZ, set and guide policies and oversee them to point of achievement.
The National Council members for the 2016-2019 triennium are:
President | Mayor, Dunedin City Council
Dave was appointed President of LGNZ in July 2017. He was Vice President of LGNZ from December 2016 - July 2017 and is the Mayor of Dunedin City Council.
He was elected Dunedin City Council Mayor at the 2010 local body elections. Since 2007, Dave has been heavily involved in the Dunedin community having sat on various steering groups and committees covering economic development, technology and the environment.
Vice President | Zone two | Councillor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Stuart is the Vice President of LGNZ since July 2017, he represents Zone Two on National Council and is a Councillor for Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
He has been an elected representative since 1986, serving as chairman on various committees, a period as Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Tauranga City Council. Stuart has a business background both in the electrical contracting and building industry. He now devotes all of his time to council and to the wider community.
Metro Sector | Mayor, Auckland Council
Phil represents the Metropolitan Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Auckland Council.
Phil represented Mt Roskill for 10 terms of Parliament. He became New Zealand's youngest ever Cabinet Minister in 1984. In his 15 years in Cabinet he covered a number of portfolios including housing, environment and education. In the Clark government, he was responsible for foreign affairs, justice, trade and defence. He was also Associate Finance Minister. He served as the leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.
Phil has a first class Masters in Politics from the University of Auckland and won a scholarship to do post graduate study at the University of Oxford.
Metro Sector | Mayor, Wellington City Council
Justin represents the Metropolitan Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Wellington City Council.
After joining Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until he was elected Mayor in 2016.
Justin has a LLB and a BA (German) from the University of Otago and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He co-founded Kapai, a Wellington food enterprise in his mid twenties.
Metro Sector | Mayor, Christchurch City Council
Lianne represents the Metropolitan Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Christchurch City Council.
Lianne Dalziel is serving her second term as Mayor after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament, the last four terms as the Member of Parliament for Christchurch East. Lianne served as a Cabinet Minister in the fifth Labour Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Helen Clark (1999-2008).
During that time Lianne held a number of portfolios, including Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety, Women’s Affairs & Senior Citizens and associate roles in Education and Justice. She chaired the Commerce Select Committee from 2008-2011.
Regional Sector | Chair, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Doug represents the Regional Sector on National Council. He is the Chair of Bay of Plenty Regional Council and a Director on the Board of Port of Tauranga Limited.
Before Doug gained his seat on Bay of Plenty Regional Council in 2013 he was an Opotiki District Council Councillor and Chief Judge of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Maori Farming Competition.
During the past 30 years, Doug has held a range of governance and Chairman positions, including for Federated Farmers, Bay Milk Products, East Bay Health Board, East Bay Energy Trust, NZ Dairy Group, Dairy Insight and DEXCEL.
Regional Sector | Mayor, Nelson City Council
Rachel represents the Regional Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Nelson City Council.
Rachel was elected Nelson's first female Mayor in 2013 after having served more than nine years at Nelson City Council, including three as deputy mayor.
She has been an accredited Resource Management Commissioner is currently and she is LGNZ's representative on the Making Good Decisions Advisory Panel and the Environment Legal Assistance Panel. Rachel is a member of Resource Management Law Association and is a qualified Mediator and Arbitrator. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and Graduate Diploma in Business Studies and is a Cawthron Trustee and a member of Rotary.
Provincial Sector | Mayor, Matamata-Piako
Jan represents the Provincial Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Matamata-Piako District Council.
Rural Sector | Mayor, Waitomo District Council
Brian represents the Rural Sector on National Council and is the Mayor of Waitomo District Council.
Brian was first elected onto Waitomo Council in 2004 as a councillor, he became Mayor in 2010 and is currently serving his third term as Mayor. He is the Deputy Chair of the Waikato Mayoral Forum and holds positions on the Sport Waikato Board, representing Waikato Councils.
Zone One | Mayor, Far North District Council
John represents Zone One on National Council and is the Mayor of the Far North District Council.
John was the Member of Parliament for various iterations of the Northland Electorate for 24 years, and became Minister of the Crown after the 2008 general elections. He served as Minister of Civil Defence during the Christchurch Earthquakes, and as Associate Minister of Local Government, was instrumental in the reform of the Auckland governance. John was also Minister for Racing, and Minister for Senior Citizens before taking up the post of New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. He was awarded the Queen's Service Order in 2011.
John is a strong advocate of community-led governance.
Zone One | Councillor, Auckland Council
Penny represents Zone One on National Council and is a Councillor for Auckland Council.
Zone Three | Mayor, Ruapehu District Council
Don represents Zone Three on National Council.
He became a Councillor in 2007 and was elected Mayor of Ruapehu District Council in 2010.
Don is a qualified Hearings Commissioner, a member of the Rural Support Trust, chair the Social Sector Trial in Taumarunui and co chair of an integrated health working party to deliver an alternative rural health. Don is also a member of the Rural Health Alliance of NZ.
Zone Four | Mayor, Upper Hutt City Council
Wayne represents Zone Four on National Council and is the Mayor of Upper Hutt City Council.
Zone Five | Mayor, Tasman District Council
Richard represents Zone Five on National Council and is the Mayor of Tasman District Council, being elected in October 2007.
Richard is a strong advocate for local representation and rural issues, and for key strategic issues affecting the South Island as a whole. This includes transportation networks, access to broadband, the provision of infrastructure for potable water, storm water and wastewater and has been a member of the Land and Water Forum.
Richard also has a business background in the horticultural sector.
Zone Six | Mayor, Gore District Council
Tracy represents Zone Six on National Council and is the Mayor of Gore District Council.
He was first elected Mayor of Gore District Council in 2004 with the role being fulltime since 2005. Tracy has a long association with local government dating back to 1980 and has served on regional, district and borough councils.
Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere | Councillor, South Taranaki District Council
Bonita Bigham (Ngaruahine, Te Atiawa) has been chair of Te Maruata, Local Government New Zealand's national collective of Māori in governance roles in local government since mid-2016 and has served on the committee since 2012. She is Te Maruata’s representative to LGNZ's National Council.
She has been a councillor at South Taranaki District Council since 2010, is an accredited RMA commissioner and until recently was STDC's appointee to two external boards. She has an unwavering commitment to kaupapa Māori and a strong background in governance, including her iwi's Treaty settlement work, as well as active involvement in a wide variety of community organisations. Bonita was appointed to the Lottery Oranga Marae Committee this year, recognising her expertise in trusteeship and marae development.
Bonita is an artist and freelance journalist. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts in 2018 and intends to complete her Masters in Māori Visual Arts this year before contemplating doctoral study focusing on the revitalisation of indigenous knowledge. Her biggest cheerleaders are her husband Kevin, mum Hinewaito and son Te Rei.
Young Elected Members | Councillor, Manawatu District Council
Local Boards | Chair, Waitematā Local Board | Auckland Council