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Te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Take ā-Taiwhenua

Rural Advisory Panel

​What the panel does

The Rural Advisory Panel advises the council on policies and plans specific to the rural sector. It also communicates shared rural sector interests to the council, and contributes to the rural outcomes of the Auckland Plan, and how rural areas are to be managed in the Unitary Plan.

Members of the panel

Members include representatives of the rural industries of Auckland alongside two councillors and three local board members from Franklin, Rodney and Waitākere Ranges local board areas.


Deputy Mayor Cr Bill Cashmore, Auckland Council.


Brent Bailey, Rodney Local Board, Auckland Council.

Alan Cole, Franklin Local Board, Auckland Council.

Lucy Deverall, Horticulture New Zealand.

Trish Fordyce, New Zealand Forest Owners Association.

Wilma Foster, Dairy New Zealand.

Richard Gardner, Federated Farmers.

Annaliese Goettler, New Zealand Young Farmers.

Fiona Gower, Rural Women New Zealand.

Steve Levet, Rural Contractors New Zealand.

Craig Maxwell, Federated Farmers.

Greg McCracken, Fonterra Shareholders Council.

Andrew McKenzie, Beef and Lamb New Zealand.

Roger Parton, Rural Contractors New Zealand.

Greg Sayers, Auckland Council.

Wayne Scott, Aggregate and Quarry Association.

Geoff Smith, Equine Industry.

Peter Spencer, New Zealand Forest Owners Association.

Ken Turner, Waitākere Ranges Local Board, Auckland Council.

Keith Vallabh, Pukekohe Vegetable Growers.

Glenn Wilcox, Independent Māori Statutory Board.

Meetings of the panel

The Rural Advisory Panel holds scheduled meetings every two months.

Scheduled meetings are open to the public.

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

Get in touch with the panel

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

Get a copy of the Rural Advisory Panel terms of reference