Sir Wira Gardiner [pictured above left] has been appointed as chair and Leigh Auton [above right] as a member of the Local Government Commission.
They join commissioner Janie Annear, who has been reappointed. The appointments are for a three-year term, commencing August 1 this year.
Sir Wira has a long and distinguished public service career. He was a founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal and the founding chief executive of Te Puni Kōkiri.
Leigh Auton has extensive local government experience and is former chief executive of Manukau City Council.
Janie Annear has been a member of the Commission since July 1 last year and served three terms as the mayor of Timaru from 2004 to 2013.
Local Government Minister Paula Bennett thanked outgoing chair Basil Morrison and member Anne Carter for their service and significant contribution to the commission’s work since 2011.
This article was first published in the August 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.