Council & City

Committees

Our committees represent the main areas Council is responsible for. Here’s an overview of how committees work and the issues they cover.

How committees work

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.

Most committees meet monthly, on Wednesdays at 9am in the Council Chambers, with some meeting quarterly and others as needed.

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.

Standing committees

The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all standing committees and sub-committees.

There are nine committees specific to Palmerston North city councillors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Chief Executive's Performance Review Panel
  • Committee of Council
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Sustainability 
  • Finance and Audit
  • Infrastructure 
  • Planning and Strategy
  • Play, Recreation & Sport 

There are six other committees that involve external appointees. Appointments to these committees are reviewed every three years:

  • Creative Communities New Zealand Arts and Culture Fund Committee
  • District Licensing Committee
  • Hearings Committee
  • Hearings by Commissioner – Sectional District Plan Review
  • Manawatū District and Palmerston North City Joint Strategic Planning Committee
  • Rangitāne o Manawatū

Committee focus areas and members

Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee

This committee focuses on arts and heritage policy and events including Anzac Day and military parades, facilities like Square Edge and Council controlled organisations Caccia Birch House, Globe Theatre, Regent on Broadway, and Te Manawa Museum Trust.

  • Chairperson  –  Rachel Bowen
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Brent Barrett
  • Members  – Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lorna Johnson, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas and Tangi Utikere
  • 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  – Tangi Utikere
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Grant Smith 
  • Members  – Susan Baty, Vaughan Dennison, Pat Handcock, Leonie Hapeta, Aleisha Rutherford.  
  • Meets as required

Committee of Council

The Committee of Council is responsible for the 10-year plan and annual plan, standing orders and Code of Conduct.

  • Chairperson  –  Grant Smith
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Tangi Utikere
  • Members  –  Mayor and all Councillors
  • Meets as scheduled (February - June)

Community Development Committee

This committee’s terms of reference cover a wide range of issues from community engagement, 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  –  Lorna Johnson
  • Deputy chairperson  –  Rachel Bowen
  • Members  – Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, Leonie Hapeta, Patrick Handcock, Billy Meehan, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas, Aleisha Rutherford
  • There is also a vacancy for a representative from Rangitāne on this committee 
  • Meets quarterly

District Licensing Committee

The District Licensing Committee considers alcohol licence applications in Palmerston North. It's the only committee that's not a standing committee, and has five members appointed by Council.

Economic Development Committee

This committee was established in October 2016 to work across the city's economic sectors, including digital and technology, logistics, agribusiness, health, retail and defence. It also oversees our international relations work.

  • Chairperson  – Tangi Utikere
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Leonie Hapeta
  • Members  – Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Vaughan Dennison, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, and Aleisha Rutherford
  • There is also a vacancy for a representative from Rangitāne on this committee 
  • Meets quarterly 

Environmental Sustainability Committee

This committee focuses on environmental matters including climate change response, waste minimisation, and environmentally sustainable practices. They are responsible for engaging with other organisations in the sector and monitoring the city's environmental wellbeing.

  • Chairperson  – Tangi Utikere
  • Deputy Chairperson  –  Leonie Hapeta
  • Members  – Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Vaughan Dennison, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, and Aleisha Rutherford
  • There is also a vacancy for a representative from Rangitāne on this committee 
  • Meets quarterly

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Performance Committee oversees Council's finances, along with the financial performance of Council facilities, Council–owned infrastructure and organisations.

  • Chairperson  –  Susan Baty
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Karen Naylor
  • Members  – Vaughan Dennison, Renee Dingwall, Lew Findlay, Leonie Hapeta, Patrick Handcock, Lorna Johnson, Bruno Petrenas and Tangi Utikere
  • There is also a vacancy for an external appointee on this committee 
  • Meets monthly

Infrastructure Committee

The Infrastructure Committee oversees the progress of Council's design and build projects including capital projects such as the Central Engergy Trust Arena Masterplan implementation and major transport projects. 

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

Hearings Committee

The Hearings Committee considers matters under the Resource Management Act 1991, Dog Control Act 1996, Sale of Liquor Act 1989 and Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987. It also conducts hearings on other issues as required by law or Council.

  • Chairperson  –  Tangi Utikere
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Aleisha Rutherford
  • Members  –  Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, 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 City and the Manawatū District Council, with a focus on infrastructure, land use planning and economic development. The committee also considers community planning, regional roading and shared services issues.

Planning and Strategy Committee

This committee considers plans and strategies that relate to the environment, transport, wastewater, city infrastructure, urban design and bylaws.

  • Chairperson  – Aleisha Rutherford
  • Deputy Chairperson  – Patrick Handcock 
  • Members  – Brent Barrett, Rachel Bowen, Zulfiqar Butt, Renee Dingwall, Lorna Johnson, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas and Tangi Utikere
  • Meets monthly

Play, Recreation and Sport Committee

This committee focuses on Palmerston North’s sport and leisure spaces, facilities and events, parks, reserves, cycleways and walkways.

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

Creative Communities New Zealand Arts and Culture Fund Committee

This committee administers the Council's Arts and Culture Fund and the Creative Communities Scheme.

Committee membership is made up of two Councillors, two community representatives, two tangata whenua representatives, one Pasifika representative, and one representative each from the Multicultural Council, Youth Council, and Community Arts Palmerston North.

This committee meets as required.

Hearings by Commissioner – Sectional District Plan Review

This committee conducts hearings required under the Resource Management Act for Council's review of the District Plan.

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”. 

This committee meets six-monthly.