Bigham on the local government watchdog

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Bonita Bigham, Community Council member of South Taranaki District Council, has been appointed to the Local Government Commission, Mana Kāwanatanga in Rohe.

Bonita Bigham, Community Council member of South Taranaki District Council, has been appointed to the Local Government Commission, Mana Kāwanatanga in Rohe.

Ms Bigham has served as chair of Te Maruata, New Zealand’s national local government Maori collective in local government governance roles, and is also an LGNZ appointee to Te Poutaunaha – New Zealand’s geographic council.

The other new commissioners are former Horowhenua District Council mayor Brendan Duffy and AgResearch chief executive Sue Bidrose, who has extensive local government experience.

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta said Ms Bigham had served as temporary commissioner since 2021 and was a valuable collaborator.

She brings extensive experience in local government and governance, including treaty settlement work and involvement in a variety of community organizations.

“The Commission plays a valuable role in promoting good local government across New Zealand and has a particular responsibility for boundaries and representation,” Ms Mahuta said.