Local Government Commissioners Appointed | Law and order

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of three Commissioners to Mana Kāwanatanga in Rohe | Local Government Commission.

The commissioners appointed are:

Brendan Duffy, President

Bonita Bigham

Sue Bidrose

The Local Government Commission was originally established in 1947 to consider proposals for the reorganization of local government. Over time, the monitoring of representation methods and the promotion of good practices have been added to its missions.

More recently, the Commission made decisions on representation arrangements for this year’s local elections for 31 councils, many of which involved the creation of Maori wards. He has also recently led a review of local authority codes of conduct which will see the development of a governance education framework for elected members and council staff.

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

“Brendan Duffy has extensive local government experience, including many years as Mayor and Councilor of Horowhenua District Council. He has led the Commission since 2019 and his reappointment will allow us to retain his extensive institutional knowledge while supporting the transition of new members.

“I am also delighted that Bonita Bigham and Sue Bidrose have both been appointed Commissioners, bringing the expertise needed to help communities focus on important issues.

“Bonita has been a temporary commissioner since 2021 and a valuable collaborator. She brings a wealth of experience in local government and governance, including treaty settlement work and involvement in a variety of community organizations. Sue also has more 15 years of senior management experience in local government and is currently Managing Director of AgResearch.

“I am confident that these appointments will ensure that the Commission will continue to be representative of the community and further promote strong and effective local democracy,” Nanaia Mahuta said.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)