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Your councillors

The people of the Waikato region are represented by 14 elected council members. The council is made up of two Māori seats and 12 general seats, and has a chair and deputy chair who are appointed by the council when they take office.  Council elections are held every three years.

What the council does

Elected members are responsible for representing the interests of all the residents and ratepayers of the Waikato region, not just the constituency in which they are elected. They work in committees and make decisions and/or recommendations on a variety of matters which are then reported to or decided on by the full council once a month.

All elected members are accountable for the decisions the council makes. 

Having a governance role involves making decisions for the overall benefit of the community, not only for the current generation but for generations to come.

Governance is primarily about setting the future direction of council and the regional community, and ensuring assets and resources are suitable for achieving that direction. Key aspects of the role are:

  • strategic planning
  • decision making
  • policy and strategy review
  • scrutiny of management's performance
  • community leadership and engagement

The council has a number of decision making bodies that perform different functions. The public are welcome to come along to most meetings and/or read the reports on matters the council is considering. 

Hamilton

Angela Strange

Phone: 027 370 5457
Email: Angela Strange

Barry Quayle

Phone: 027 493 1349
Email: Barry Quayle

Jennifer Nickel

Phone: 027 310 3233
Email: Jennifer Nickel

Russ Rimmington

(Chair)

Phone: 027 671 1434
Email: Russ Rimmington

Waikato

Fred Lichtwark

Phone: 027 426 1714
Email: Fred Lichtwark

Pamela Storey

Phone: 027 245 4006
Email: Pamela Storey

Waihou

Stu Husband

Phone: 027 233 0030
Email: Stuart Husband

Hugh Vercoe

Phone: 027 490 4406
Email: Hugh Vercoe

Taupō-Rotorua

Kathy White

Phone: 027 343 9739
Email: Kathy White

Thames-Coromandel

Denis Tegg

Phone: 027 210 5344
Email: Denis Tegg

Waipā-King Country

Andrew MacPherson

Phone: 021 343 9739
Email: Andrew MacPherson

Stu Kneebone

Phone: 021 943 055
Email: Stu Kneebone

Ngā Hau E Wha

Tipa Mahuta

Phone: 021 919 398
Email: Tipa Mahuta

Ngā Tai ki Uta

Kataraina Hodge

(Deputy Chair)

Phone: 027 450 8905
Email: Kataraina Hodge

Committees and subcommittees

There are different types of committees: required by statute, standing committees, joint committees, subcommittes and other committes that Waikato Regional Council appoints to.

We are currently reviewing the governance committee structure for the 2019-2022 term. Council will confirm any changes in November 2019.

Council decision making bodies

There are two documents in this section. The first outlines the membership of the council and it's decision making bodies. The second explains the roles and purposes of the decision making bodies.

Committees required by statue

Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 1 Membership
Alternate/Deputy (if representative not available to attend)

 

Regional Transport Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 2 Membership
To be Chair and Deputy Chair of RTC

 

Hauraki Gulf Forum
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 1 Membership
Alternate/Deputy (if representative not available to attend)

 

Lake Taupō Protection Project Joint Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 2 Membership

 

Ngā Wai O Waipā Co-Governance Forum
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 1 Membership
Council Chair
Alternate/Deputy (if representatibe not available to attend)

 

Raukawa Charitable Trust and Waikato Regional Council Co-givernance Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
Equal number of RCT representatives

 

Te Arawa River Iwi Trust and Waikato Regional Council Co-governance Comittee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
Equal number of TARIT representatives

 

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council Co-governance Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
Equal numbers of Tūwharetoa MTB representatives

 

Waikato Raupatu River Trust and Waikato Regional Council Co-governance Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
Equal number of WRRT representatives

 

Standing committees

Strategy and Policy Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 14 Membership

 

Environmental and Services Performance Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 6 Membership
Membership includes Council Chair or Deputy Chair (ex officio)

 

Integrated Catchment Management Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 7 Membership
Memership includes Council Chair or Deputy Chair (ex officio)
Membership includes 8 catchment committee chairs

 

Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 5 Membership
Equal number of River Iwi representatives

 

Finance Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 5 Membership
Memership includes Council Chair or Deputy Chair (ex officio)

 

Audit and Risk Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 3 Membership
Members must be:
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Chair of the Strategy and Policy Committee
  • Council Chair or Deputy Chair (ex officio with full voting rights)
  • Two external appointees, one of whom will be the Committee Chair

 

CE Employment and Remuneration Committee (CEERC)
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 5 Membership
Members must be:
  • Council Chair will CEERC
  • Deputy Council Chair
  • Chair of the Strategy and Policy Committee
  • Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Chair of the Regional Transport Committee

 

Joint committees

Hamilton and Public Transport Joint Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 2 Membership
(between Hamilton City Council and Waikato Regional Council)
One Waikato Regional Council member will Chair with a member fron Hamilton City Council being Deputy

 

Waikato Plan Joint Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 1 Membership

 

Future Proof Implementation Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 2 Membership
(Hamilton Sub-Regional Growth Strategy Joint Committee)

 

Subcommittees

Contracts Subcommittee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
  • Chair and Deputy Chair Finance
  • Chair of Council
  • Chair of Committee for subject of business (if relevant)

 

Hearings Appointment Subcommittee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
  • Chair and Deputy Chair of Council
  • Chair of Strategy and Policy Committee
  • One other Councillor who holds Making Good Decisions accreditation

 

Catchment Subcommittees
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 8 Membership
1 Constituency Councillor per committee
  • Lake Taupō Catchment Committee
  • Upper Waikato Catchment Committee
  • Central Waikato Catchment Committee
  • Lower Waikato Catchment Committee
  • West Coast Catchments Committee
  • Waipā Catchment Committee
  • Waihou-Piako Catchment Committee
  • Coromandel Catchment Committee

 

Drainage Advisory Subcommittees
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 4 Membership
1 Constituency Councillor per committee
  • Aka Aka Otaua Drainage Advisory Committee
  • Franklin/Waikato Drainage Advisory Committee
  • Waikato Central Drainage Advisory Committee
  • Thames Valley Drainage Adivsory Committee
(reports to Integrated Catchment Management Committee)

 

Catchment Committees Community Representative/s Appointment Process Nomination Panel
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 3 Membership
Chair of Council
Co-Chairs of Integrated Catchment Management Committee
Director Integrated Catchment Management

 

Regional Public Transport Plan Development Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 2 Membership
Chair of Hamilton Public Transport Joint Committee will be Chair
Chair or Deputy CHair of Regional Transport Committee will be Deputy Chair

 

Submissions Subcommittee
No. of Waikato Regional Council members: 5 Membership
Strategy and Policy Chair + 4 members
  • Chair of Strategy and Policy Committee will be Chair
  • Council Chair or Deputy Chair (ex officio)

 

Other groups Waikato Regional Council appoints to

2020 Taupō-nui-a-tia Action Joint Management Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Also appoint x1 Waikato Regional Council staff member Cllr Kathy White

 

Farm Environment Award Trust
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Alan Livingston
Cllr Stuart Kneebone

 

Maungatautari Reserve Management Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Stuart Kneebone

 

Mighty River Domain and Karapiro Reserves Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Russ Rimmington

 

Regional (Road Safety) Speed Management Governance Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Membership appointed by the Regional Transport Committee No appointment required at this time

 

Rotokauri Lake Management Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Fred Lichtwark

 

Aquaculture Forum
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Dal Minogue (Chair)

 

Water Users Liaison Forum
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Tipa Mahuta (Chair)

 

Forestry Liaison Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Stuart Kneebone

 

TBFree Waikato Committee
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Stuart Kneebone

 

SH3 Working Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Chair of RTC and 1 senior management representative Cllr Hugh Vercoe
Cllr Russ Rimmington

 

SH1/29 East Coast Main Trunk Line Working Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Must be the Chair of RTC Cllr Hugh Vercoe

 

(Three) Waters Governance Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Alan Livingston

 

Waikato District Lakes and Wetlands Governance Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Jennie Hayman
Cllr Fred Lichtwark (alternate)

 

Animal Ethics Committee (Ruakura)
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Jane Hennebry

 

Waikato River Authority
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Alan Livingston

 

 

Rotorua Geothermal Forum Liaison Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 1 Waikato Regional Council members
Cllr Tipa Mahuta

 

Local Government New Zealand - Zone 2
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 3 Waikato Regional Council members

 

Local Government New Zealand - Regional Sector Group
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Cr Russ Rimmington

 

Mayoral (Triennial) Forum
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Waikato Regional Council Chair Cr Russ Rimmington
Waikato Regional Council Deputy Chair Cr Kataraina Hodge
Waikato Regional Council CEO Vaughan Payne
Waikato Regional Council Director Science and Strategy Tracey May

 

Upper North Island Strategic Alliance (UNISA)
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Waikato Regional Council representative (Council Chair) Cr Russ Rimmington
Waikato Regional Council CEO Vaughan Payne

 

Martha Trust
No. of Waikato Regional Council Members: 2 Waikato Regional Council members
Waikato Regional Council representative 
Waikato Regional Council CEO Vaughan Payne