The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) is made up of 17 members appointed by National Council.

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 Pham, 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