Advisory panels

Disability Advisory Panel

The Disability Advisory Panel provides knowledge on issues that are important to people with disabilities in Auckland, in relation to council’s regional strategies, policies, plans and bylaws.

The panel also advises the council on how to engage effectively with people with disabilities.

You can find out more information in the demographic panel Terms of Reference:

Demographic Panel Terms of Reference (PDF 97KB)
  Demographic Panel Terms of Reference (DOC 148KB)

The New Zealand Human Rights Act defines disability as:

  • physical disability or impairment (such as respiratory condition)
  • physical illness
  • psychiatric illness (such as depression or schizophrenia)
  • intellectual or psychological disability or impairment (such as learning disorders)
  • any other loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function (such as arthritis or amputation)
  • reliance on a guide dog, wheelchair or other remedial means
  • the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing illness (such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis).



  • Mary Schnackenberg (Interim Chair)
  • Colleen Brown
  • Dan Buckingham
  • Gemma Stewart
  • Jade Farrar
  • Philip Patston
  • Rachael Peterson
  • Ursula Thynne
  • Councillor Sharon Stewart (Liaison Councillor)
  • Councillor Cathy Casey (Chief Liaison Councillor)


The Disability Advisory Panel holds three scheduled meetings and up to seven workshops each year. 

Scheduled meetings are open to the public.

For dates, agendas and minutes, see agendas and minutes.

Get in touch

To attend or present at a meeting of the Disability Advisory Panel, or find more information, contact us.

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