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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: 16/01/2019 9:44 a.m.

Living with a disability?

Would you like to help improve how Council works from the point of view of people who live with disabilities?

If so, joining the Disability Advisory Group (DAG) might provide the perfect opportunity.

The Disability Advisory Groups helps to improve the way Council communicates with and responds to people living with disabilities. This summer Council is calling for up to 12 group members.

The experience this group's members have makes a valuable contribution to Council, particularly to project development and future planning.

It has has become an important source of practical advice on applying accessibility standards in the District, and works with the community to develop and deliver submissions to Council.

Recent review

After looking back on achievements of the past few years, identifying what had worked well, considering changes in the community and to Council some changes have been introduced including terms of reference that include:

  • new membership criteria
  • a new appointment process
  • two-year terms of service (renewable once)
  • setting strategic agendas
  • developing work programmes
  • commitment to diversity
  • commitment to Te Ao Maori
  • emphasis on lived experience
  • membership as an individual (rather than representative of an organization).

Existing members

Existing members are encouraged to reapply, as are people who have not belonged before.


The opening date for applications is 19 December 2018.

Please complete an application form (link below) or pick up a copy of the application form from our Customer Services Centre at Forum North.

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.

Disability Advisory Group Application Form [377kb]


Postal: Whangarei District Council, Private Bag 9023, Whangarei 0148.

Applications Close

The deadline for applications to join is 1 February 2019.

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

  • Elinor Niha - Chair
  • Jonny Wilkinson - Deputy Chair
  • Sue Baker
  • Vicki Carter
  • Alex Dickson
  • Brent Copeman
  • Jacqui Gardner
  • Wally Noble
  • Gwenda Reid
  • Kim Silvey
  • Dianne Sullivan
  • Brad Williams
  • Councillor Cherry Hermon (liaison councillor)
  • Councillor Sue Glen (liaison councillor).

The Disability Advisory Group is aware that some people may wish to join the group. When vacancies arise, the positions will be advertised and applications welcomed.

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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