In­ter­views for panel job spots

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Auck­land Coun­cil has re­ceived more than 140 ap­pli­ca­tions for po­si­tions on three ad­vi­sory pan­els.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Eth­nic and Pa­cific peo­ples pan­els and the new Se­niors Panel closed on Fe­bru­ary 20.

Short­listed can­di­dates will be in­ter­viewed by se­lec­tion pan­els each com­pris­ing a coun­cil­lor, se­nior coun­cil staff mem­ber and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The pan­els are de­signed to pro­vide the coun­cil with ad­vice on is­sues im­por­tant to di­verse groups, and ad­vice on how the coun­cil can en­gage ef­fec­tively with com­mu­ni­ties.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will have a good un­der­stand­ing of com­mu­nity dy­nam­ics and ex­pe­ri­ence with gov­er­nance and ad­vi­sory roles.

They will also need a broad per­spec­tive on the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the city as en­vi­sioned in the Auck­land Plan.

Rec­om­men­da­tions on the fi­nal make-up of the ad­vi­sory pan­els will be made to the mayor on April 14 and suc­cess­ful pan­el­lists will be en­dorsed by the gov­ern­ing body on April 17.

The first meet­ings of the new pan­els will take place in May and the term of of­fice ex­pires a month be­fore the next coun­cil elec­tions in 2016.

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