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

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.

Recruitments are open for Disability Advisory Group (DAG) and Positive Ageing Advisory Group (PAAG). Please submit your application by 10 February 2023.

To apply, 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.

Apply to become a member 

Apply online:

Disability Advisory Group online recruitment form

or, apply using the application form below:

Disability Advisory Group recruitment form(PDF, 258KB)

Email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

By post:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143

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

Please submit your application by 10 February 2023.

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
  • Ally Cove-Smith
  • Helen Dunn
  • Kim Robinson (Chair)
  • Sara Benikowsky
  • Tangi Johnson
  • Tania Bissett
  • Tony Mosen
  • Torrin Hona
  • Wendy Giffen
  • Winsome Baker

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.

Apply to become a member 

Apply online:

Positive Ageing Advisory Group online recruitment form

or, apply using the application form below:

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

Email:

mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

By post:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143

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

Please submit your application by 10 February 2023.

Members

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

  • Robin Lieffering (Chair)
  • Neil McLeod (Deputy chair)
  • David Baldwin
  • Helen Panayiodou
  • Gail Martin
  • Jenny Wilson
  • Megan Cochrane
  • Pene Ashby
  • Rachael Sullivan
  • Ralph Correa

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

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.

Follow us on social

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

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)