Council and committees

At the start of the 2022-2025 Triennium, council established the following governance structure to give effect to its purpose and to deliver its vision for the people of Northland.

Northland Regional Council (NRC)

The full council is the ultimate decision-making body for all council operations and is comprised of all nine councillors.

Chair
Cr Tui Shortland

Deputy Chair
Cr Jack Craw

Members
Cr Marty Robinson
Cr Rick Stolwerk
Cr Amy Macdonald
Cr Joe Carr
Cr John Blackwell
Cr Geoff Crawford
Cr Peter-Lucas Jones

Open a larger version of the Governance Structure 2022-2025 (PDF, 63KB)

Governance structure

Structure of council and committees.

Council committees and advisors 2022-2025

Council reviewed the membership of the majority of council’s subordinate decision making bodies and councillor appointments at its meeting on 20 November, 2022.

The Council Chair is ex-Officio on all subcommittees and working parties and carries full voting rights.

Joint Committees

Regional Transport Committee

Chair Cr Joe Carr
Deputy Chair Cr John Blackwell
Members Cr Ann Court (Far North District Council), Cr Simon Reid (Whangarei District Council), Cr Ash Nayyar (Kaipara District Council), 
NZ Transport Agency Representative: Steve Mutton, Director Regional Relationships (Upper North Island)
Alternates NRC - Cr Peter-Lucas Jones, WDC - Cr Phil Halse, FNDC - TBA, KDC - Cr Rachael Williams, NZTA - Jacqui Hori-Hoult, (Manager – System Management)
Purpose
  • Prepare Regional Land Transport Plan for council approval.
  • Liaise with appropriate road safety bodies and advise council on new initiatives.
  • Administer Total Mobility Scheme and report to council as appropriate.
  • Prepare a Regional Public Transport Plan for council approval.
  • Recommend the required independent appointments for this committee.
Terms of Reference Regional Transport Committee - Terms of Reference (PDF, 109KB)

Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee

While this group is administered by the NRC, legally it is a joint committee of all four councils in Northland.

You can see the group membership and download the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan in our Resource Library

Member Cr Jack Craw
Alternate Cr Rick Stolwerk
Purpose
  • Co-ordinate planning, programmes, and activities related to civil defence emergency management across the areas of reduction, readiness, response, and recovery.
  • Encourage co-operation and joint action within the Northland region.

Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē Board

A joint committee with Far North District Council, Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, Te Manawa o Ngāti Kuri Trust, Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupouri Trust, Te Rūnanga o NgāiTakoto

Members Crs Joe Carr and Peter-Lucas Jones
Purpose
  • Oversee the implementation of the Beach Management Plan for Te-Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach).
  • To provide governance and direction to all those who have a role in, or responsibility for, the Te-Oneroa-a-Tōhē management area, in order to protect and enhance environmental, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual well-being within that area for the benefit of present and future generations.
Terms of Reference Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē Board - Terms of Reference (PDF, 254KB)

Joint Climate Change Adaptation Committee

The Joint Climate Change Adaptation Committee is a standing committee made up of elected members from all the Northland councils and representatives from Northland hapū and iwi.

Member Cr Amy Macdonald
Alternate Cr Jack Craw
Whangarei District Council member

Cr McKenzie (WDC), (Alternate Cr Connop)

Iwi/hapu representatives

NRC - TBA, WDC - Cr Ruka (Alternate Cr Harding). 

Purpose
  • Provide direction and oversight of the development and implementation of climate change adaptation activities by local government in Te Taitokerau
  • Receive advice and provide direction and support to Climate Adaptation Te Taitokerau
  • Make recommendations to member councils to ensure a consistent regional approach is adopted to climate change adaptation activities
Terms of Reference Joint Climate Change Adaptation Committee - Terms of Reference (PDF, 114KB)

Kaipara Moana Remediation Joint Committee

The Kaipara Moana Remediation Joint Committee consists of 6 appointed Kaipara Uri entities, three elected members appointed by Auckland Council and three elected members appointed by NRC.

Members Crs John Blackwell, Jack Craw and Amy Macdonald
Purpose
  • Provide stewardship and governance over the expenditure of the Crown Grant and council funding, as well as contributions from land-owners
  • Commissioning and approving remediation budgets and work-plans for the Kaipara Moana Remediation programme
Terms of Reference Kaipara Moana Remediation Joint Committee - Terms of Reference (146KB)

Joint Regional Economic Development Committee

Chair TBC
NRC members Crs Peter-Lucas Jones and Marty Robinson
District council members

Mayor Jepson and Cr Vincent (KDC)

TBC (FNDC)

Purpose
  • Make the decisions necessary as shareholders of Northland Inc (including the appointment of directors and the development of the Statement of Intent).
  • Make funding allocations from the Investment and Growth Reserve (including operational funding of Northland Inc).
  • Receive advice and provide direction and support to economic development in Northland and makes recommendations to member councils to ensure a consistent regional approach.
Terms of Reference Joint Regional Economic Development Committee - Terms of Reference (PDF, 71KB)

 

Subcommittees

Investment and Property Subcommittee

Chair Cr Rick Stolwerk
Members Crs John Blackwell, Jack Craw, Geoff Crawford and Peter-Lucas Jones (Chair of A & R Subcommittee)
Ex-officio Cr Tui Shortland
Independents

J Erickson (Independent Consultant) and S Henderson (Independent Financial Advisor) and TBC (Independent Risk Advisor)

Māori Representation

Two (2) Independent Tangata Whenua Members (TBA).

Purpose
  • Authority to move investment funds between managed funds within SIPO limits.
  • CEO delegation to withdraw and invest short term fund within established delegations.
  • Identify manager of new funds for approval by the full council.
  • No withdrawal of new funds except from the short term fund
  • Authority to authorise CEO to negotiate sale and purchase agreements for property within +/-5% of valuation.
Terms of Reference

Investment and Property Subcommittee - Terms of Reference (PDF, 120KB)

Audit and Risk Subcommittee

Chair Cr Peter-Lucas Jones
Members Crs Amy Macdonald, Joe Carr, Marty Robinson and Rick Stolwerk (Chair of I & P Subcommittee)
Ex-officio Cr Tui Shortland
Independents S Henderson (Independent member, non-voting) and TBA (Independent Risk Advisor, non-voting)
Māori Representation

Two (2) Independent Tangata Whenua Members (TBA).

Purpose
  • Make recommendation to council on risk management and health and safety matters.
  • Monitor and review financial policies and financial performance.
  • Recommend new borrowing to council
  • Review corporate risk register and risk management plans
Terms of Reference

Audit and Risk Subcommittee - Terms of Reference (PDF, 104KB)

 

Working parties

WDC/NRC Whangārei Public Transport Working Party

Chair TBC
Members Crs Joe Carr (Chair of RTC), Jack Craw and Rick Stolwerk
WDC Members

Three Whangārei District councillors (WDC):

Cr G Martin, Cr T Cutforth, Cr A Murphy

Purpose
  • Provide oversight on Whangārei public transport issues with the intention of increasing patronage.
  • Oversee the integration of city and district planning in relation to public transport issues.
Terms of Reference WDC/NRC Whangārei Public Transport Working Party - Terms of Reference (PDF, 132KB)

Natural Resources Working Party

Chair Cr Amy Macdonald
Members Crs Joe Carr, Geoff Crawford and Marty Robinson
Ex-officio Cr Tui Shortland
Māori Representation

Four members of Te Taitokerau Māori and Council (TTMAC) Working Party:

To be confirmed

Purpose
  • Provide oversight on council’s resource management planning and regulatory activities.
  • Provide oversight on activities that contribute to or influence the quality & quantity of water including land management and environmental monitoring.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Proposed Regional Plan.
  • Be the governance entity for the policy implementation of Essential Freshwater.
  • Make recommendations to council on appeals and recommendations to accept, adopt or reject private plan change applications.
Terms of Reference Natural Resources Working Party - Terms of Reference (PDF, 130KB)

Biosecurity and Biodiversity Working Party

Chair Cr Geoff Crawford
Members Crs John Blackwell, Jack Craw and Marty Robinson
Ex-officio Cr Tui Shortland
Māori Representation

Four members of Te Taitokerau Māori and Council (TTMAC) Working Party:

To be confirmed

Purpose
  • Provide oversight on council’s biosecurity and biodiversity activities.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP), Marine Pathway Plan (MPP) & regularly report progress to council.
Terms of Reference Biosecurity and Biodiversity Working Party - Terms of Reference (PDF, 111KB)

Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party (TTMAC)

Chair Cr Marty Robinson (Co-Chair) and 1 x member of TTMAC
Members All of the Northland Regional Council councillors
Māori Representation To be confirmed
Purpose
  • Monitor and advise on council’s compliance with its legislative obligations to Māori including under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Resource Management Act 1991.
  • Provide advice to council on topics referred to it by council.
  • Develop pathways (and processes) that will achieve lasting and meaningful relationships between Māori and council.
  • Ensure the views of Māori are taken into account in the exercise of council functions.
Terms of Reference Te Taitokerau Māori and Council Working Party - Terms of Reference (PDF, 1.1MB)

All subcommittees, working parties and joint committees are required to regularly report progress on their functions to the council.


 

Collaborative Community Working Groups

Memberships / Delegation

Councillor

Whangārei Heads Pest Management Working Group

TBC

Kāeo-Whangaroa River Working Group

Cr Marty Robinson as Chair (Alternate Cr Joe Carr)

Kaihū River Working Group

Cr John Blackwell as Chair

Kerikeri River Working Group

Cr Joe Carr as Chair (Alternate Cr Marty Robinson)

Ruakākā River Working Group 

Cr Rick Stolwerk as Chair

Taumārere River Liaison Working Group 

Cr Geoff Crawford and Community Member as Co-Chairs (Alternate Cr Joe Carr)

Urban Whangārei Working Group 

Cr Jack Craw as Chair

Awanui River Working Group

Cr Joe Carr as Chair (Alternate Cr Peter-Lucas Jones)

 

Councillor portfolios

Memberships/Delegation

Councillor

Appeals on Regional Plan

Cr Amy Macdonald

Kaipara Moana Working Party

Cr Tui Shortland and Cr Peter-Lucas Jones

Northland Conservation Board

Cr Geoff Crawford

Northland Sports Facilities Plan (Sport Northland)

TBA at such time Sport Northland has confirmed its governance arrangements

Shareholder representative for Northland Marsden Maritime Holdings Limited

(Delegating all necessary authority to represent the council’s interest including but not limited to exercising the council’s vote at Annual General Meetings and giving effect to council’s shareholder resolutions).

Cr Tui Shortland

Shareholder representative for Northland Inc. Limited

(Delegating all necessary authority to represent the council’s interest including but not limited to exercising the council’s vote at Annual General Meetings and giving effect to council’s shareholder resolutions)

Cr Peter-Lucas Jones

Shareholder representative on Regional Software Holdings Limited

(Delegating all necessary authority to represent the council’s interest including but not limited to exercising the council’s vote at Annual General Meetings and giving effect to council’s shareholder resolutions)

Cr Tui Shortland

Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)

Cr Tui Shortland

Zone One (LGNZ)

Cr Tui Shortland

Agendas and meetings information

Agendas

Agendas and minutes for council and committee agendas are available from our Agendas and Minutes portal.  Access agendas and minutes online

If you are unable to find an agenda on our portal, please email your request to: [email protected]

If you require a printed copy of a council or committee agenda, please contact us.

Council meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend the council meetings which are held each month.

Standing Orders 

Councils are required by the Local Government Act 2002 to adopt Standing Orders - a set of rules that provide a formal framework for the conduct of local authority meetings. They also outline the council's agreed principles of behaviour within meetings.

Code of Conduct

Clause 15 of Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) requires each local authority to adopt a code of conduct. Once adopted, all elected members are required to comply with the code.

This code of conduct provides guidance on the standards of behaviour that are expected from the Chairperson and elected members of the Northland Regional Council.

Councillor Remuneration

The Remuneration Authority sets remuneration for elected positions in local government. It also sets the rules for reimbursement of costs met by members in undertaking their duties. Both are unique to each local authority.

The Authority does not set remuneration for Chief Executives of local or regional authorities. That is the responsibility of the local/regional authorities.