I hereby give notice that an extraordinary meeting of the Governing Body will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 29 June 2023


Reception Lounge
Auckland Town Hall
301-305 Queen Street


Tira Hautū / Governing Body










Wayne Brown


Deputy Mayor

Cr Desley Simpson, JP



Cr Andrew Baker

Cr Mike Lee


Cr Josephine Bartley

Cr Kerrin Leoni


Cr Angela Dalton

Cr Daniel Newman, JP


Cr Chris Darby

Cr Greg Sayers


Cr Julie Fairey

Cr Sharon Stewart, QSM


Cr Alf Filipaina, MNZM

Cr Ken Turner


Cr Christine Fletcher, QSO

Cr Wayne Walker


Cr Lotu Fuli

Cr John Watson


Cr Shane Henderson

Cr Maurice Williamson


Cr Richard Hills



(Quorum 11 members)




Sarndra O'Toole

Kaiarataki Kapa Tohutohu Mana Whakahaere / Team Leader Governance Advisors


29 June 2023


Contact Telephone: (09) 890 8152

Email: sarndra.otoole@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz





9          Political Working Groups arising out of Annual Budget 2023/24 Decision-Making                       5


Governing Body

29 June 2023

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Political Working Groups arising out of Annual Budget 2023/24 Decision-Making

File No.: CP2023/08451



Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To endorse the proposed approach to establishing political working groups to carry out work to inform the next draft long-term plan (the proposed 10-year Budget 2024-2034).

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       It is a statutory role of the mayor to lead the development of the long-term plan and to establish committees of the governing body.

3.       As part of decisions on the annual plan 2023/24, the governing body agreed to the mayor’s proposal to establish political working or oversight groups to inform the draft long-term plan (2024-34), including one to consider Auckland Council investments.

4.       Creating a limited number of these groups could enhance political participation and oversight of key matters that must be considered in preparing the long-term plan, which was an objective expressed by several members of the governing body.

5.       To be effective, the groups should be convened soon given the timeframe for development of the plan.

6.       The following approach is proposed to establish these groups:

o Members of the governing body submit suggestions for proposed topics for working groups, as well as their expressions of interest for participating in the groups by 5pm Monday 3 July. These should be a maximum of one page.

o The mayor and deputy mayor will consider these expressions of interest and decide on the working groups and membership. Each working group will have a short term of reference setting out its scope.

o The IMSB will be invited to appoint a member to each working group.

o In some cases, external membership of working groups may be considered, for example from central government.

o The working groups can start meeting immediately.

o The mayor will report back to the next governing body meeting on the decisions in a separate paper.

7.       Working groups are not formal committees, so will have no decision-making powers and will not have the same level of officer support.

8.       The mayor will consider budget requests from political working groups for support from the mayor’s office to engage independent experts to provide advice to complement advice from staff.

9.       Likely topics that have already been raised with me for these groups include:

o Auckland Council Investments – regarding which there has already been a decision.

o Stadium venues – which could consider recommendations to address the current lack of an affordable, credible plan for our stadia. For this working group, the government and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited have both expressed an interest in appointing a member.

o Legislative change being sought for regional organisations and Auckland Transport


Ngā tūtohunga


That the Governing Body:

a)      endorse the proposed approach to establishing the political working groups to inform the development of the long-term plan.



Ngā tāpirihanga


There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina



Mayor Wayne Brown