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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: 15/06/2020 5:06 p.m.

2020 Recruitment

The 2020 round of Recruitment is now complete and the list of successful applicants is below.


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)
  • Akshat Shah
  • Alice Cove-Smith
  • Brad Williams
  • David Seymour
  • Jacqui Gardner
  • Janelle Beazley
  • Tania Bissett
  • Torrin Hona
  • Vicki Carter
  • Will Trusewich

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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