Call out to join ad­vi­sory groups

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Are you keen to rep­re­sent your com­mu­nity on big pic­ture is­sues?

Auck­land Coun­cil is call­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions for three ad­vi­sory pan­els cov­er­ing eth­nic peo­ples, Pa­cific peo­ples, and se­niors.

Eth­nic peo­ples and Pa­cific peo­ples ad­vi­sory boards were statu­tory bod­ies cre­ated un­der leg­is­la­tion for the first term of the new coun­cil.

They were dis­es­tab­lished one month be­fore the 2013 lo­cal body elec­tion. The coun­cil has agreed to re­tain the con­cept of ad­vi­sory pan­els and has in­tro­duced a new one for se­niors (peo­ple over 65).

The pan­els are de­signed to pro­vide the coun­cil with strate­gic ad­vice on is­sues im­por­tant to di­verse groups, mayor Len Brown says.

‘‘The pan­els alert the coun­cil to crit­i­cal com­mu­nity con­cerns, al­low­ing us to work across gen­er­a­tions, eth­nic­i­ties and cul­tures as part of cre­at­ing the world’s most live­able city.’’

The coun­cil is seek­ing ap­pli­cants who have good knowl­edge of their com­mu­ni­ties and are across emerg­ing trends, chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Ap­pli­cants should also have ex­pe­ri­ence with gov­er­nance and ad­vi­sory roles and a broad per­spec­tive on the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the city as en­vi­sioned in the Auck­land Plan.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms will be avail­able online or from li­braries and coun­cil ser­vice cen­tres un­til Fe­bru­ary 20.

Short­listed ap­pli­cants will be in­ter­viewed by a se­lec­tion panel com­pris­ing coun­cil and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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