Policy

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:

  • Aaron Hawkins, Mayor, Dunedin City Council (Chair);
  • Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council                                     
  • David Clendon, Councillor, Far North District Council                                           
  • Jane Davis, Chief Executive, Carterton District Council                                             
  • Richard Hills, Councillor, Auckland Council                                                                         
  • Marian Hobbs, Chair, Otago Regional Council                                                                           
  • Liam Hodgetts, Group Manager Strategy, New Plymouth District Council           
  • Janet Holborow, Councillor, Kāpiti Coast District Council                                     
  • Kataraina Maki, General Manager – Community & Social Policy, Auckland Council
  • Simon Markham, Manager, Strategy and Engagement, Waimakariri District Council
  • Laura McLaughlin, Councillor, West Coast Regional Council                                             
  • Jane Nees, Councillor, Bay of Plenty Regional Council                                             
  • Lan Phan, Councillor, Environment Canterbury                                                                     
  • Cindy Schmidt, Kaipātiki Local Board Member, Auckland Council                             
  • Geoff Taylor, Deputy Mayor, Hamilton City Council                                                 
  • Piri-Hira Tukapua, Councillor, Horowhenua District Council
  • Shane Epiha | Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere  | Councillor, Selwyn District Council