Advisory groups

Group photo showing combined Advisory Groups celebrating Christmas 2022.

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

Disability Advisory Group applications closed at 9:00am Wednesday 7 February 2024.

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.

For more details, 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 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.

  • Claire Freeman
  • Hēira Arana
  • Helen Dunn
  • Joanne Verryt
  • Kim Robinson (Chair)
  • Kris Finalyson
  • Ngakiri Antonovich
  • Tangi Johnson
  • Torrin Hona

Apply to become a member

Applications closed at 9:00am on Wednesday 7 February 2024. 

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.


Photo showing members of the 2022 Positive Ageing Advisory Group (PAAG).

  • David Baldwin
  • Denise Briggs
  • Elaine Mackintosh
  • Gail Martin
  • Lesley Armstrong (Chair)
  • Maree Thomsen
  • Neil McLeod
  • Pene Ashby
  • Rachael Sullivan
  • Sandie Krikman
  • Trudi Bridges

Apply to become a member

Currently there are no vacancies in Positive Ageing Advisory Group.

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. 


Group photo of the Youth Advisory Group taken in September 2022, in the Central Library.

Youth Advisory group, September 2022 - Left to right: Lexi Laybourn, Anna Jungwin, Hannah Campi, Aorangi Kawiti (fore), Fhreya George (back), Runyararo Manjala, Demitrius Lihou-Kake, Alys Finchett, Darius Martin-Baker, Neil Luna.

Liaison Councillor: Nick Connop.

Not pictured: Takaimaania Ngata-Henare, Trent Taylor.

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Also see:

Youth Community Services

Youth survey report 2022

Apply to become a member

Currently there are no vacancies in Youth Advisory Group.

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)