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 an inclusive, resilient and sustainable 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.

Become a member

To learn more about a particular group or to apply to become a member, click on the respective group below.

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
  • Penny Franklyn
  • Sarah Benikowsky
  • Tania Bissett
  • Tony Mosen
  • Torin Hona
  • Wendy Giffen
  • Will Trusewich

Apply to become a member

Apply online:

Disability Advisory Group online application form

or, apply using the application form below:

Disability Advisory Group recruitment form(PDF, 258KB)

You can send us the application form by email, by post, or bring it in-person:

Email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

By post:

Whangārei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Submit in-person:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

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

  • Carrie Harrison
  • Diane Lawson
  • Gail Martin
  • Jenny Wilson
  • Megan Cochrane
  • Neil McLeod (Deputy chair)
  • Pene Ashby
  • Rachael Sullivan
  • Ralph Correa
  • Robin Lieffering (Chair)

Apply to become a member

Apply online:

Positive Ageing Advisory Group online application form

or, apply using the application form below:

Positive Ageing Advisory Group recruitment form(PDF, 256KB)

You can send us the application form by email, by post, or bring it in-person:

Email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

By post:

Whangārei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Submit in-person:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

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.

Apply to become a member

Applications close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, 20 October 2021.

Apply online:

Youth Advisory Group online application form

or, apply using the application form below:

Youth Advisory Group recruitment form(PDF, 800KB)

You can send us the application form by email, by post, or bring it in-person:

Email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

By post:

Whangārei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Submit in-person:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Follow us on social

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wdc.youth/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShapeYourCity

Also see:

Youth Community Services 

Terms of reference

You can find our more about how the advisory groups are organised, what they are trying to achieve, and how to get involved in the Terms of Reference.

We have one Terms of Reference for all three groups, which includes:

  • purpose and key goals
  • role descriptions
  • meetings
  • terms of appointment
  • operations and other matters
  • remuneration
  • code of conduct. 

Advisory Groups Terms of Reference(PDF, 137KB)

Feedback and suggestions

We acknowledge and understand the frustrations and barriers that young, disabled or elderly people face. 

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

Contact our Community Development Advisor:

Phone: 09 430 4200

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz