Sharp focus for Capital's new council

21 October 2016

A refreshed and reinvigorated focus on the issues that matter for the Capital has driven the new range of portfolios assigned to the incoming Wellington City Council, says Mayor Justin Lester.

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Councillor Iona Pannett, pictured with Mayor Justin Lester, will chair the City Strategy Committee

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Mayor Lester has announced the new councillor responsibilities today, which reflect the needs of a growing population, pressures on housing and transport, and further boosting the Capital’s flourishing economy with a sharper focus on innovation, the arts and connectivity.

“The new portfolio structure reflects the values and strengths of Wellington: a creative, connected and innovative city,” says Cr Lester.

“I’ve sharpened the focus for some existing portfolios and introduced new responsibilities to ensure the incoming council can meet the challenges of the Capital’s growing population and economy.

“I’m particularly excited to introduce a City Scientist portfolio to emphasise the importance of science and innovation to both the city’s resilience and economic development, and the appointment of a Wellington Ambassador will enhance our tourism offerings and better connect with international communities and visitors to Wellington.

“In terms of my own responsibilities, I have taken on the Arts and Culture portfolio to reflect the incredible value arts provides to our sense of place and pride in our city, and Major City Projects to maintain a direct leadership role in the projects that will define our city’s future.”

Following last week’s announcement of the new committee structure, with the four policy-based committees centralised into a single City Strategy committee, Mayor Lester has announced that Cr Iona Pannett has accepted the role of Chair.

The incoming Wellington City Councillors will be formally invested at an inauguration ceremony 5pm Wednesday 26 October at the Michael Fowler Centre.

Portfolio Leaders

Portfolio Leaders

Area of Focus

Phone

Mayor Justin Lester

Arts & Culture, Major City Projects, Governance

021 247 8312

Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle

Housing, Recreation, Events

021 673 630

Cr Iona Pannett

Infrastructure, Sustainability

021 227 8509

Cr Andy Foster

Urban Development, Finance, Predator Free Wellington, Karori Framework

021 227 8537

Cr Simon Marsh

Economic Development, Small Business (joint)

021 922 196

Cr Simon Woolf

Wellington Ambassador, Tourism, Small Business (joint), Sport

027 975 3163

Cr Malcolm Sparrow

Community Resilience

027 232 2320

Cr Nicola Young

Central City Projects, Education Partnerships

021 654 844

Cr David Lee

Technology, Innovation & Enterprise (TIE), Climate Change

021 220 2357

Cr Jill Day

Maori Partnerships, Children and Young People

027 262 3181

Cr Peter Gilberd

Natural Environment, City Scientist

027-614 1416

Cr Brian Dawson

Social Development, Living Wage

027 413 5809

Cr Diane Calvert

Community Planning and Engagement

029 971 8944

Cr Chris Calvi-Freeman

Transport strategy and operations

021 0288 3839

Cr Sarah Free

Public Transport, Cycling and Walking

022 121 6412

Councillors can be emailed at firstname.lastname@wcc.govt.nz (ie. paul.eagle@wcc.govt.nz)

Committees of Council

Committee

Chairperson

Membership

City Strategy Committee

For the purposes of developing the Council’s Long Term Plan and Annual Plan  this committee will be referred to as Long-Term and Annual Plan Committee with Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle as the Chairperson. Membership will remain Mayor and all Councillors.

Councillor Iona Pannett

Mayor and all Councillors

Regulatory Process Committee

Cr Malcolm Sparrow

Mayor Justin Lester

Cr Chris Calvi-Freeman

Cr Diane Calvert

Cr David Lee

Chief Executive’s Performance Review Committee

Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle

Mayor Justin Lester

Cr Jill Day

Cr Andy Foster

Cr Iona Pannett

Cr Diane Calvert

Subcommittees reporting to Strategy and Policy Committee

Sub-Committee

Chairperson

Membership

Grants Sub-committee

Cr Sarah Free

Cr Peter Gilberd

Cr Brian Dawson

Cr Nicola Young

Cr Jill Day

Finance, Audit and Risk Management Sub-committee

Cr Andy Foster

Mayor Justin Lester

Cr Nicola Young

Cr Diane Calvert

Plus 2 external appointments

Council Controlled Organisations Sub-Committee

Cr Simon Woolf

Mayor Justin Lester

Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle

Cr Simon Marsh

Cr David Lee

The Mayor is an ex officio member of every committee and subcommittee, other than a quasi-judicial committee.