New Plymouth District
In 1989, as a part of New Zealand-wide reorganisation of local government, New Plymouth City Council was merged with North Taranaki District Council, Inglewood District Council, and Clifton County Council to form the New Plymouth District Council.
Every three years the Mayor, 14 councillors and 16 community board members are elected by the New Plymouth District’s enrolled voters. The full council, sub-committees and standing committees meet on a six-weekly cycle. The current serving Mayor of New Plymouth is Andrew Judd.
The Policy and Monitoring standing committees have delegated authority from the council to make final decisions on certain matters, and they make recommendations to the council on all others. The four community boards – Clifton, Waitara, Inglewood and Kaitake – as well as the subcommittees and working parties can make recommendations to the standing committees for them to consider.
The third standing committee, the Hearings Commission, is a quasi-judicial body that meets whenever a formal hearing is required – for instance, to hear submissions on a publicly notified resource consent application.
The Chief Executive and approximately 460 full-time equivalent staff provide advice and information to the elected members and the public, implement council decisions and manage the district’s day-to-day operations.
This includes everything from maintaining more than 280 parks and reserves, waste water management and issuing consents and permits, through to providing libraries and other recreational services and ensuring the district’s eateries meet health standards.
New Plymouth District Council's annual operating revenue for 2013/2014 is $167.18 million.
|Name||Affiliation (if any)||Notes|
|Neil Holdom||Mayor of New Plymouth (Elected 2016)|
|Shaun Biesiek||Ward: New Plymouth City (Since 2007)|
|Gordon Brown||Independent||Ward: New Plymouth City (Since 2013)|
|Murray Chong||Ward: New Plymouth (Since 2013)|
|Harry Duynhoven||Ward: New Plymouth (Since 2015 by-election)|
|Richard Handley||Ward: New Plymouth City (Since 2013)|
|Stacey Hitchcock||Ward: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)|
|Colin Johnston||Ward: North (Since 2013)|
|Richard Jordan||Ward: South-West (Since 2013)|
|Craig McFarlane||Ward: North (Since 2007) (Deputy Mayor)|
|John Horse Mcleod||Ward: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)|
|Alan McLeody||Ward: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)|
|Mike Merrick||Ward: New Plymouth City (Elected 2016)|
|Marie Pearce||Ward: South-West (Since 2007)|
|Roy Weaver||Ward: New Plymouth City (Since 2015 by-election)|
Waitara Community Board (four members): Trevor Dodunski, Andrew Larsen, Jonathan Marshall, Joe Rauner.
Clifton Community Board (two members): Ken Bedford, Warren Petersen.
Inglewood Community Board (four members): Jenny Bunn, Karen Morati, Kevin John Rowan, Phillip Rowe.
Kaitake Community Board (four members): Graham Chard, Paul Coxhead, Doug Hislop, Mike Pillette.
- "About New Plymouth District Council". New Plymouth District Council.