Advisory panels

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board is a key advisory body, with no decision-making or autonomous budgetary authority.

The board supports the City Centre Masterplan’s vision to grow and consolidate the city centre’s international reputation as one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic business and cultural centres.

The strategic outcome areas supporting the vision are that Auckland’s city centre will be:

  • recognised as one of the Pacific Rim’s premier business locations
  • a high quality living urban environment
  • the most popular destination for Aucklanders and visitors to the region
  • a world class centre for education, research, innovation and development
  • a place recognised as the heart of the world’s most liveable city.

Role of the board

The board will:

  • assist the council to plan, develop, shape and drive the delivery of the city centre strategies
  • report stakeholder views and promote dialogue on initiatives within the city centre portfolio
  • act as a think tank and sounding board for the city transformation projects team on new and existing initiatives
  • champion and provide leadership for city centre strategies in the wider community
  • maintain an overview of the strategies and action plans to assist with integration of the initiatives
  • monitor the progress of strategies and action plans relating to the city centre
  • provide guidance into the portfolio of city centre projects including those funded via the city centre targeted rate
  • establish, safeguard and promote the pursuit of excellence of all projects in the city centre portfolio from inception to delivery
  • provide input to or lead other city centre stakeholder reference groups on specific projects or relevant council strategies impacting the city centre
  • review or recommend any proposed changes to the city centre targeted rate policy
  • review and provide feedback on the city centre streetscapes and open space upgrade projects:
    • concept designs
    • developed designs
    • endorse the concept designs before they go out for public consultation.
  • provide a sounding board to the designers for the city centre streetscapes and open space upgrade projects
  • ensure a cohesive approach to the designs of the city centre streetscapes and open space upgrade projects.

Note: These roles are also shared by the governing body and the Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council controlled organisations as appropriate and are not solely the function of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.


The board members

There are up to 15 external city centre stakeholder representatives and three political representatives on the board:

  • Kate Healy - Ngati Whatua o Orakei (Chairperson)
  • John Coop - Urban design, Institute of Architects (Deputy chair)
  • Phil Goff - Mayor, JP, Auckland Council
  • Chris Darby - Auckland Council (Mayor's alternate)
  • Shale Chambers - Waitemata Local Board
  • Michael Richardson - Business Improvement District
  • Jillian de Beer - Arts and cultural sector
  • Mike Lee - Liaison councillor, Auckland Council
  • Nigel Murphy - Tertiary education, AUT and University of Auckland
  • Alex Voutratzis - Property Council of NZ
  • Viv Beck - Business Improvement District
  • Mark Kingsford - Corporate sector including financial and other professional services
  • Adam Parkinson - City Centre Residents Group
  • Stephen Greenfield - City Centre Residents Group
  • Greg Cohen - Tourism/Travel
  • Terry Cornelius - JP, FCA, Retail sector
  • Andrew Gaukrodger - Corporate sector including financial and other professional services
  • Amy Malcolm - Tertiary education, AUT and University of Auckland
  • TBC - Sky City representative

Governance advisor: Kalinda Gopal - 021 723 228

The Auckland City Centre Terms of Reference

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