Council to appoint Māori reps to committees

Published on 21 June 2022

Kaikohe offices, Far North District Council

Far North District Council has four exciting opportunities for people with Te Ao Māori expertise who want to help the council boost Māori representation on its committees.

The council aims to appoint Māori representatives to each of the Infrastructure, Regulatory Compliance, Strategy & Policy, and Assurance, Risk and Finance committees. The appointees will actively participate in committee business, make recommendations, and bring iwi and hapū interests to each committee.

It is now asking for expressions of interest in the roles from people with suitable Te Reo Māori, knowledge of tikanga, and links to Māori communities of Te Tai Tokerau.

The creation of Māori representatives on committees follows a council decision last year to establish Māori wards for the 2022 and 2025 local body elections. At the time, elected members also voted to reconsider the structure of other decision-making bodies, such as committees, to further improve Māori representation.

In May, the council amended its policy to allow appointment of non-elected committee members. The policy says that appointing members will be an effective way to provide additional skills and expertise to support decision-making.

The new committee members will have the same voting rights as other members and can also be reimbursed for expenses associated with their roles. Applicants cannot be a current elected member of the council, cannot be a current council employee, and cannot be currently contracted or sub-contracted by the council.

To apply, applicants should send a covering letter and biographic details to the council by 29 June. The letter should explain which committee they feel qualified to sit on and how they would use their skills and experience to provide advice to those committees.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to: patrick.smith@fndc.govt.nz