A Community Panel model has replaced the old community committee structure, which was disestablished at the end of Council's last triennium.
Council has established four community panels in the Central, Eastern, Northern and Western ward communities. Each panel consists of up to five community representatives along with two ward councillors.
The role of the panels is to represent and act as an advocate for the interests of their communities. The purpose of the panels is outlined in the general functions outlined below:
- Discuss, debate and provide feedback to Council on all important local issues, city wide matters of significance, Annual Plans and policy setting
- Allocate and manage a Local Community Projects Fund
- Allocate and manage the local Community Engagement Fund for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Western wards to assist and support local community events and initiatives.
The community panels will meet as needed.
Read the delegations, guidelines and criteria for community panels
Central Community Panel
Eastern Community Panel
Northern Community Panel
Western Community Panel
Accessibility and inclusiveness panel
Having an impairment shouldn't get in the way of leading a great life here in Lower Hutt. We want to make sure that everyone who lives here gets a fair chance to take part in civic life, including voting and providing their views during Council consultations. We want all people to use our services and facilities, to be able to get around our city easily and to know they are included and have much to offer their communities.
It's very important that we get advice from people who have lived and experienced the challenges that come with having a disability. So Council has appointed locals with a lived experience of disability to help form this panel.
The panel will advise councillors on issues that directly affect the disability community, focusing on two aspects: physical design and social education. They'll provide guidance on the accessibility and usability of Council's services and facilities, discuss access to public transport and outdoor spaces and how to make getting around the city easier for those with a disability.
The panel will be central to implementing and meeting the objectives of Council’s Accessibility and Inclusiveness Plan 2017-2027.
The panel members
- Stewart Sexton
- Genevieve MacLaughlin
- Paul Gruschow
- Alexa Masina
- Jenna Maguren
- Jim Shiels
- Lois Ledingham
We facilitate three elected community boards. These groups meet every six weeks: all the meetings are open to the public, except for items considered under ‘public excluded’ business. At the start of each meeting we make time for public comment; anyone can speak for three minutes on any item that’s in the order papers.
We advertise the community meetings in advance: you can get order papers two working days before each meeting.
Eastbourne Community Board
Petone Community Board
Wainuiomata Community Board
Take a look at the areas that our community boards and panels cover.
Once you've clicked on the link above, select Ward Boundaries on the left-hand panel. Once this is selected, the ward boundaries will be shown with a brown outline: