20 October 2016
Mayor elect announces Deputy and new Council committees
Mayor elect Phil Goff today announced that Bill Cashmore will be the new Deputy Mayor of Auckland.
“I’m delighted that Bill Cashmore has accepted the position of Deputy Mayor. He is a respected and experienced councillor and I am looking forward to working with him and all of the councillors to make a real difference to the lives of Aucklanders,” said Phil Goff.
The Mayor elect also revealed a new streamlined Council committee structure designed to create a more effective and efficient decision-making process.
“The new structure will result in five less formal meetings a month, up to 15 fewer reports needing to be prepared and a saving of 25% in staff and councillors’ time. This is in line with my commitment to ratepayers that, as a Council, we will do more with less.
“Major committees have been established based on the issues that matter most to Aucklanders, including ensuring Council and CCOs spend ratepayers money responsibly and provide the service people deserve, addressing housing unaffordability and worsening traffic congestion, and caring for our environment and communities.”
These three committees will be chaired by Penny Hulse, Chris Darby and Ross Clow, supported by deputies Alf Filipaina, Denise Lee and Desley Simpson.
“This a team with diverse backgrounds and experience, complimentary skills and a strong record of serving the people of Auckland. We share a common vision of ensuring that Auckland becomes one of the world’s best performing cities and are committed to working together to achieve that outcome.
“All the appointments made to the various committees and other leadership positions are based on merit and follows discussions I’ve had with councillors over the past few days. The structure and appointments will be reviewed in a year’s time to ensure we are working as efficiently as possible.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team of talented and committed elected representatives as well as the Council organisation to lead Auckland towards a better future,” said Phil Goff.