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Disability Advisory Group (DAG)

This page contains information about the Disability Advisory Group, which is a forum for council to communication with the disability sector.
Updated: 26/03/2020 3:32 p.m.

2020 Recruitment

Do you have a disability or impairment?

Would you like to:

  • help other disabled people in Whangarei?
  • help Whangarei District Council work better with disabled people?
  • provide advice on regional strategies, policies and plans?

Council is looking for people to join the Disability Advisory Group.  If you want to help make Whangarei a better place for everyone then they would love to hear from you.


In order to be eligible to apply you must:

  • have lived experience of having a disability or impairment
  • be a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand permanent resident
  • live in the Whangarei District
  • be able to meet once a month for two hours (support persons welcome).


Please complete an application form (links below).   

Disability Advisory Group Application Form (online version)

Disability Advisory Group Application Form (printable version)

Completing the printable form

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, complete it by hand and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.

If you would like some help to fill in the form, please contact us via email.

Applications Close

Closing date for applications is 4:00pm on Thursday 30 April 2020.


What is the Disability Advisory Group?

The Disability Advisory Group is a valuable forum for council to communicate with the disability sector.

The group is made up of members who have lived experience of disability.

Main roles

The main roles of the Disability Advisory Group is to:

  • identify the issues that are important to people with disabilities
  • provide advice on our regional strategies, policies and plans
  • help us effectively engage with people with disabilities.

The goal is to ensure an accessible community that supports the needs of everyone.

Advisory Groups Terms of Reference [179kb]


Members of this group have a broad knowledge of accessibility and can advise of the needs of people with impairments.

Issues that arise from the meetings are reported back to the wider disability community by group members.

Disability Advisory Group members

  • Sue Baker (Chair)
  • Glen McMillan (Deputy Chair)
  • Alice Cove-Smith
  • Brad Williams
  • Brent Copeman
  • David Seymour
  • Dianne Sullivan
  • Elinor Niha
  • Jacqui Gardner
  • Janelle Beazley
  • Kim Silvey
  • Vicki Carter

Feedback and suggestions

The Disability Advisory Group acknowledge and understand the frustrations and barriers that disabled people face.

We welcome constructive feedback and suggestions to help make Whangarei a better place for everyone.

You can do this by contacting the Community Development Advisor on phone +64 9 430 4200 or emailing

If you would like to provide feedback or report a problem that needs fixing, such as uneven or cracked footpaths, you can contact us by email or phone, or fill in the appropriate form:



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