Committees

The Mayor and 15 Councillors work through committees to make decisions about what Council will do and how work will be funded. The committee structure is reviewed every three years after each election.

All meetings are held on Wednesdays in the Council Chambers.

Council and three committees – Planning and Strategy, Finance and Audit and Infrastructure meet monthly.

The following committees meet quarterly:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Play, Recreation and Sport

The Committee of Council, Hearings Committee and Rangitāne o Manawatū Committee meet as required.

Meetings are usually held in public and Council advertises the issues it will be considering. Non–confidential reports are available to the public. If Council is talking about something confidential the public may be excluded from that part of the meeting. As confidential decisions are made available, you'll be able to access them.

Meeting calendar

Read more about each committee's focus areas and members for the current term.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee

This committee focuses on encouraging the arts, culture and heritage sector and monitors the performance of Council-controlled organisations: Globe Theatre, Regent on Broadway, and Te Manawa Museum Trust.

  • Chairperson  –  Councillor Rachel Bowen
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Councillor Brent Barrett
  • Members  – Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lorna Johnson, Karen Naylor and Bruno Petrenas 
  • Meets quarterly

Chief Executive’s Performance Review Panel

The purpose of this panel is to ensure Council carries out its responsibilities as a good employer of the Chief Executive.

  • Chairperson  – Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Mayor Grant Smith
  • Members  –  Councillors Susan Baty, Vaughan Dennison, Pat Handcock and Leonie Hapeta.  
  • Meets as required

Committee of Council

The Committee of Council is responsible for the long-term plan and annual plan, council’s strategic direction, asset management, and the cost effectiveness of service delivery.

  • Chairperson  –  Mayor Grant Smith
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford
  • Members  –  Mayor Grant Smith and all Councillors
  • Meets as scheduled (February to June)

Community Development Committee

This committee’s terms of reference cover a wide range of issues from community organisations, grants and events, to civil defence, social housing, libraries, public health, and ensuring Palmerston North is a good and safe place to live for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Chairperson  –  Councillor Lorna Johnson
  • Deputy chairperson  –  Councillor Rachel Bowen
  • Elected members  – Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, Leonie Hapeta, Patrick Handcock, Billy Meehan, Karen Naylor and Bruno Petrenas.
  • Appointed member: Danielle Harris (Rangitāne)
  • Meets quarterly

District Licensing Committee

The District Licensing Committee considers alcohol licence applications in Palmerston North. 

  • Chairperson  – Councillor Susan Baty
  • Deputy chairperson  – Councillor Rachel Bowen
  • Members  – Councillors Rod Titcombe and Vicki Beagley

You can find information on the alcohol licensing regulations and process and the committee's decisions on our website.

Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee engages across the business community, economic agencies and major economic sectors of the city. It also oversees our international relations work and receives portfolio reports relating to the central business district, education and students, Defence, and science, technology, innovation and housing.

  • Chairperson  – Councillor Leonie Hapeta
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Vaughan Dennison
  • Elected members  – Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall and Lew Findlay
  • Appointed member: Ruma Karaitiana (Rangitāne)
  • Meets quarterly

Environmental Sustainability Committee

This committee considers environmental matters including climate change response, biodiversity, waste minimisation, environmentally sustainable practices and the environmental aspects of energy, transport, and water. It is responsible for engaging with other organisations in the sector and monitoring the city's environmental wellbeing.

  • Chairperson  – Councillor Brent Barrett 
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Zulfiqar Butt
  • Elected members  – Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Vaughan Dennison, Renee Dingwall, Lorna Johnson, Billy Meehan and Karen Naylor
  • Appointed member: Peter Te Rangi (Rangitāne)
  • Meets quarterly

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee oversees Council's finances and investments including the financial performance of Council and Palmerston North Airport. It also has oversight of risk management including health and safety and considers rates remissions, contracts, and fees and charges.

  • Chairperson  –  Councillor Susan Baty
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Karen Naylor
  • Members  – Elected: Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Vaughan Dennison, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, Leonie Hapeta, Patrick Handcock, Lorna Johnson and Bruno Petrenas 
  • Appointed: Stephen Armstrong (independent) 
  • Meets monthly

Infrastructure Committee

The Infrastructure Committee oversees the progress of Council's design and build projects including capital projects such as the Central Energy Trust Arena Masterplan implementation, the wastewater treatment plant, the Victoria Esplanade Masterplan, major transport projects and the development of major facilities, for example, the Library. 

  • Chairperson  – Councillor Vaughan Dennison
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Susan Baty
  • Members  – Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Brent Barrett, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Lew Findlay, Billy Meehan, Karen Naylor and Bruno Petrenas 
  • Meets monthly

Hearings Committee

The Hearings Committee considers matters under the Resource Management Act 1991 and Dog Control Act 1996. It also conducts hearings on other issues as required by law or requested by Council.

  • Chairperson  –  Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Susan Baty
  • Members  –  Councillors Brent Barrett, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Leonie Hapeta, Lorna Johnston, Karen Naylor and Bruno Petrenas
  • Meets as required

Manawatū District and Palmerston North City Joint Strategic Planning Committee

This joint committee considers strategic planning issues that affect Palmerston North and Manawatū District, with a focus on infrastructure, land use planning and economic development. The committee also considers community planning, regional roading and shared services issues.

Palmerston North members: Mayor Grant Smith, Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford and Councillors Susan Baty, Zulfiqar Butt and Leonie Hapeta.

Planning and Strategy Committee

This committee considers plans and strategies that relate to the environment, transport, wastewater, urban design and the development of bylaws. It also considers District Plan reviews, city growth and development, strategic infrastructure planning and monitors the performance of the strategic direction. The Planning and Strategy Committee receives reports from the transport portfolio.

  • Chairperson  – Deputy Mayor Aleisha Rutherford
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Councillor Patrick Handcock 
  • Members  – Mayor Grant Smith and Councillors Brent Barrett, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lorna Johnson, Karen Naylor and Bruno Petrenas 
  • Meets monthly

Play, Recreation and Sport Committee

This committee focuses on Palmerston North’s sport and leisure spaces: playgrounds, parks and reserves, sport fields and facilities. It monitors Sport Manawatū.

  • Chairperson  – Councillor Billy Meehan
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Councillor Leonie Hapeta
  • Members  –  Mayor Grant Smith and Councillors Brent Barrett, Zulfiqar Butt, Vaughan Dennison, Lew Findlay, Patrick Handcock, Karen Naylor, and Bruno Petrenas
  • Meets quarterly

Rangitāne o Manawatū

This new committee cements Council's historic and ongoing relationship with local iwi Rangitāne o Manawatū. The committee will have oversight and operate in accordance with the Kawenata in Relation to Te Motu o Poutoa Agreement signed between Rangitāne o Manawatū and Palmerston North City Council. 

  • Chairperson: Mr Wiremu Te Awe Awe
  • Deputy Chairperson: Mayor Grant Smith
  • Members: Ms Danielle Harris, Mr Christopher Whaiapu, Councillor Karen Naylor, Councillor Vaughan Dennison

This committee meets six-monthly.