Published 2 November 2007Manukau City Council has chosen a few chairmen of specialist committees and a group of “portfolio leaders” in a new style of council political structure devised by new mayor Len Brown.
Su’a William Sio took over from Anne Candy as deputy mayor and will jointly lead the regional sustainable development portfolio with the mayor.
Under the reorganisation, agreed on Tuesday, the council has done away with monthly committee meetings, replacing them with more frequent meetings of the council as a “committee of the whole” called the policy & activities committee. It will meet in that form 3 Thursdays/month and will be chaired by Cllr Colleen Brown, who’s entering her third term on the council.
Mayor Brown said the aim was to improve council leadership, accountability & responsiveness. And Cllr Brown added: “This new structure is an opportunity for us as councillors to be much more productive in setting the scene & the agenda for council. It will allow councillors to drive through some of their passions for the city and to work much more closely with council officers in the development of policy.”
The committees & their chairmen are:
* Policy & activities committee, Cllr Colleen Brown * Grants & events funding sub-committee, Cllr Gary Troup * Environmental hearings committee, Cllr Anne Candy * Accountability & performance committee, Cllr Jamie-Lee Ross * Audit & risk sub-committee, Cllr Maggie Burrill * Te Tiriti o Waitangi Committee, Cllr Alf Filipaina.
The new portfolio leaders are:
* City form & environment, Cllr Sharon Stewart * Safe city, Cllr Dick Quax * Transport, Cllr David Collings * Community services (including leisure & recreation), Cllr John Walker * Thriving economy, Cllr Arthur Anae * Innovative council (corporate business), Cllr Bob Wichman * Regional sustainable development, Mayor Len Brown & Cllr Su’a William Sio.
There will also be a tenders panel to consider major contracts, chaired by Cllr Sylvia Taylor.
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.