Advisory groups

Photo showing some of Youth Advisory Group and some of Disability Advisory Group together, from 2020.

Three advisory groups support Council's vision of Whangārei being a vibrant, attractive and thriving District for all people living here.

  1. Youth Advisory Group
  2. Disability Advisory Group
  3. Positive Ageing Advisory Group

These advisory groups meet regularly to provide advice to Council on

  • Council policies, plans, strategies, and projects
  • matters of interest to the communities they represent.

Terms of Reference

To make things simpler, one set of Terms of Reference has been developed that apply to all three groups. 

The terms include:

  • new membership criteria
  • a new appointment process
  • developing work programmes. 

Advisory Groups Terms of Reference(PDF, 137KB)

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 experience of disability.

Members

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.

  • Adam White
  • Akshat Shah
  • Ally Cove-Smith
  • Donna Barnes
  • Penny Franklyn
  • Sarah Benikowsky
  • Tania Bissett
  • Tony Mosen
  • Torin Hona
  • Wendy Giffen
  • 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 Whangārei a better place for everyone.

You can do this by contacting the Community Development Advisor on phone 09 430 4200 or emailing mailroom@wdc.govt.nz.

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 complete our Report it form:

Report it

Meeting minutes and agendas are available upon request.

Positive Ageing Advisory Group

The Positive Ageing Advisory Group aims to support overall improvements in the independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of the District's older people.

Members

  • Alan Ward
  • Carrie Harrison
  • Diane Lawson
  • Gail Martin
  • Jenny Wilson
  • Jon Renes
  • Megan Cochrane
  • Neil McLeod
  • Pene Ashby
  • Rachael Sullivan
  • Ralph Correa
  • Robin Lieffering

Feedback and suggestions

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

You can do this by contacting the Community Development Advisor on phone 09 430 4200 or emailing mailroom@wdc.govt.nz.

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 complete our Report it form:

Report it

Meeting minutes and agendas are available upon request.

Youth Advisory Group

The Youth Advisory Group meets once a month to provide advice on how Council can make Whangārei an even better place for young people to live, learn, earn, play and have their say.

Members

Photo showing the Youth Advisory Group in 2021.

Youth Advisory group 2021 - Back row from left: Fhreya George, Mikayla Lawrence, Zoe Willem-Pritchard, San Dekker, Ataria Sharman and Jacki Cooper (WDC), Jack Finchett, Cr. Nick Connop.
Front row from left: Neil Luna, Anna Jungwin, Rae Dennison, Lucia Daamen-Shanahan, Asher Bassett, Ben Woodgates.
Not pictured: Jayme Christian.

Feedback and suggestions

Got an idea or want to raise awareness of a local youth issue?
You can get in touch with the Youth Advisory Group by email: youth@wdc.govt.nz

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Also see:

Youth Community Services