Introduction

Our Mayor and Councillors

Wellington City Council is made up of 14 elected Councillors and a Mayor. The Council is elected, along with all other local authority elected members in New Zealand, every 3 years.

Wellington City Council is made up of 14 elected Councillors and a Mayor. The Council is elected, along with all other local authority elected members in New Zealand, every 3 years. The Mayor is elected by the city’s residents. The Councillors are elected by voters from their respective wards as their city representatives. The wards and numbers of elected Councillors for each are:

Northern Ward (48,030)
3 Councillors

Onslow-Western Ward (44,590)
3 Councillors

Lambton Ward (46,160)
3 Councillors

Eastern Ward (39,210)
3 Councillors

Southern Ward (34,710)
2 Councillors

* Population numbers are as of 30 June 2017.

 

 
Mayor Justin Lester

Citywide

Justin Lester 
Mayor

Chair: Council

Portfolio Leader:
Arts and Culture,
Major City Projects


Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 79
Meetings attended: 66
Attendance: 84%

Contact 04 499 4444
mayor@wcc.govt.nz

Former Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle

Southern Ward

Paul Eagle*
Deputy Mayor (former)

Chair: Long-term and Annual Plan Committee

Portfolio Leader: Housing,
Recreation, Events


 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 14
Meetings attended: 14
Attendance: 100%

Contact 04 499 4444
paul.eagle@wcc.govt.nz


 
Councillor Diane Calvert

Onslow-Western Ward

Diane Calvert

Portfolio Leader: Community Planning and Community Engagement

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 67
Meetings attended: 65
Attendance: 97%

Contact 029 971 8944
diane.calvert@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman

Eastern Ward

Chris Calvi-Freeman

Portfolio Leader: Transport Strategy
and Operation

 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 54
Meetings attended: 53
Attendance: 98%

Contact 027 803 0015
chris.calvi-freeman@wcc.govt.nz

The meetings referenced are only those of which each Councillor is a member. For details on Councillor meeting attendance for the year see page 275

* Paul Eagle Southern Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor resigned in September 2017 to take up his position as MP for Rongotai, following the general election. Fleur Fitzsimons was elected as the new Councillor in December 2017 and takes the vacant seat in Wellington City Council’s Southern Ward.

 

Deputy Mayor Jill Day

Northern Ward

Jill Day
Deputy Mayor

Chair: Long-term and Annual Plan Committee, CEO Performance Review Committee

Portfolio Leader: Children and Young People, Governance, Māori Partnerships
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 57
Meetings attended: 57
Attendance: 100%

Contact 04 801 3102
​jill.day@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons

Southern Ward

Fleur Fitzsimons
 
 

Portfolio Leader: Living Wage, Recreation, City Safety, Community Facilities​




 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 30
Meetings attended: 29
Attendance: 97%

Contact 027 803 0515
fleur.fitzsimons@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Andy Foster

Onslow-Western Ward

Andy Foster
 
 

Chair: Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee

Portfolio Leader: Urban Development, Finance, Predator Free Wellington, Karori Framework
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 63
Meetings attended: 59
Attendance: 94%

Contact 021 227 8537
andy.foster@wcc.govt.nz


Councillor Brian Dawson

Lambton Ward

Brian Dawson

Portfolio Leader:
Housing, Social
Development
(excluding City Safety)
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 50
Meetings attended: 49
Attendance: 98%

Contact 027 413 5809
​brian.dawson@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Peter Gilberd

Northern Ward

Peter Gilberd

Portfolio Leader:
City Scientist,
Natural Environment

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 50
Meetings attended: 48
Attendance: 96%

Contact 027 614 1416
peter.gilberd@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor David Lee

Southern Ward

David Lee

Portfolio Leader:
Technology, Innovation & Enterprise, Climate Change
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 57
Meetings attended: 52
Attendance: 91%

Contact 021 220 2357
david.lee@wcc.govt.nz


 

Councillor Sarah Free

Eastern Ward

Sarah Free
 
 

Chair: Grants Subcommittee

Portfolio Leader:
Public Transport, Cycling
and Walking

 
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 51
Meetings attended: 50
Attendance: 98%

Contact 022 121 6412
sarah.free@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Iona Pannett

Lambton Ward

Iona Pannett
 
 

Chair: City Strategy Committee

Portfolio Leader: Infrastructure,
Sustainability
 
 
 
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 57
Meetings attended: 56
Attendance: 98%

Contact 021 227 8509
iona.pannett@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Malcolm Sparrow

Northern Ward

Malcolm Sparrow
 
 

Chair: Regulatory Process Committee

Portfolio Leader: Community
Resilience
 
 
 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 54
Meetings attended: 50
Attendance: 93%

Contact 027 232 2320
malcolm.sparrow@wcc.govt.nz


Councillor Simon Marsh

Eastern Ward

Simon Marsh

Portfolio Leader:
Economic Development, Events, Small Business (joint)

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 47
Meetings attended: 41
Attendance: 87%

Contact 021 922 196
simon.marsh@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Simon Woolf

Onslow-Western Ward

Simon Woolf

Chair: Council Controlled Organisations Subcommittee

Portfolio Leader: Wellington
Ambassador Tourism, Small Business (joint), Sport ​

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 47
Meetings attended: 42
Attendance: 89%

Contact 027 975 3163
simon.woolf@wcc.govt.nz

Councillor Nicola Young

Lambton Ward

Nicola Young

Portfolio Leader:
Arts and Culture (associate), Central City Projects, Education Partnerships
 


 

Meeting attendance:

Meetings held: 56
Meetings attended: 53
Attendance: 95%

Contact 021 654 844
nicola.young@wcc.govt.nz

The meetings referenced are only those of which each Councillor is a member. For details on Councillor meeting attendance for the year see page 275

* Paul Eagle Southern Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor resigned in September 2017 to take up his position as MP for Rongotai, following the general election. Fleur Fitzsimons was elected as the new Councillor in December 2017 and takes the vacant seat in Wellington City Council’s Southern Ward.

Standing committees and subcommittees

The Council conducts its business at open and publicly-advertised meetings. Additional meetings may be held throughout the year to consider specific issues.

The Mayor (as required by section 41A of the Local Government Act 2002) put in place the structure of committees and subcommittees following the 2016 election. The Council retains the power to revisit the structure.

The structure adopted for the 2016-2019 triennium is based on two committees of the whole – City Strategy and Long-term Plan and Annual Plan. The membership comprises the Mayor and all Councillors. The City Strategy Committee meets three times a month and is chaired by Councillor Iona Pannett. The Long-term Plan and Annual Plan Committee is chaired by the Deputy Mayor. The Council meets monthly. There are also a number of other committees and subcommittees. Examples include the District Licensing Committee, the Finance, Audit & Risk Subcommittee and the Grants Subcommittee.

At 30 June 2018, there were five committees, two joint committees and three subcommittees. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all committees. Figure two shows the 2018/19 Council Committee structure.

Community boards

Community boards have responsibility for the overview of matters within the board’s boundary.

Tawa Community Board normally meets monthly. Makara/Ohariu Community Board normally meets every 6 weeks.

Council structureTop

as at 30 May 2018

Council - Mayor Lester (chair), All Councillors. City Strategy Committee - Cr Pannett (chair), Mayor and all Councillors. Long Term & Annual Plan Committee - Cr Day (chair), Mayor and all Councillors. Regulatory Processes Committee - Cr Sparrow (chair), Cr LeeCr Calvert, Cr Calvi-Freeman, Mayor Lester. CEO Performance Review Committee - Cr Day (chair), Cr Pannett, Cr Foster, Cr Calvert, Mayor Lester. Grants Subcommittee - Cr Free, Cr Day, Cr Dawson, Cr Gilberd, Cr Young, Mayor Lester. Finance, Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee - Cr Foster (chair), Cr Calvert, Cr Young, Mayor Lester, Peter Harris (external), Phillipa Smith (external), Roy Tiffin (external. Council-Controlled Organisations Subcommittee - Cr Woolf (chair), Cr Fitzsimons, Cr Lee, Cr Marsh, Mayor Lester. Community Boards under Council: Tawa Community Board - Richard Herbert (chair), Graeme Hansen, Margaret Lucas, Jack Marshall, Robyn Parkinson, Liz Langham, Cr Day (appointed), Cr Sparrow (appointed). Makara-Ohariu Community Board - Christine Grace (chair), John Apanowitz, Judy Liddell, Wayne Rudd, Hamish Todd, Chris Renner. Joint committees: Wellington Region Local Authorities - Porirua City, Hutt City, Upper Hutt City, Kapiti District, Wellington City and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Waste Management & Minimisation Plan - Cr Pannett. Wellington Regional Amenities Fund - Mayor Lester. Porirua Harbour and Catchment - Cr Gilberd.