Register of Development Contribution Commissioners

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Development Contributions Commissioners are appointed by the Minister of Local Government under section 199F of the Local Government Act 2002.

If you would like to lodge an objection against your imposed development contributions, please see the development contributions policy of your relevant council. For more background on this process see: Development contributions 

A PDF and Word version of this register are available below:

Name

Location

Biography

Current term of appointment

Stephen Abley

Christchurch

Stephen Abley is the chief executive of Abley Consultants, a transport consultancy. He has extensive engineering, advisory and research experience.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Helen Atkins

Auckland

Helen Atkins is an environmental and local government law specialist at Atkins Homs Majurey law firm.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Richard Bax

Hamilton

Richard Bax is the director of Richard Bax Consulting, a civil engineering and management consultancy. He has managed various infrastructure projects for councils.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

David Caldwell

Christchurch

David Caldwell is a lawyer practicing in resource management, local government, employment law, and civil litigation. He has acted for and advised iwi and rūnanga, and understands tikanga Māori and te Ao Māori.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Fraser Campbell

Whangarei

Fraser Campbell is the director of an engineering consultancy – Campbell Consulting Limited. He has previous experience a manager at Palmerston North District Council.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Paul Cooney

Tauranga

Paul Cooney is the partner of law firm Cooney Lees Morgan before his retirement in 2016. He has acted as senior legal advisor to several territorial authorities and was a member of the Casino Control Authority from 1998 to 2001.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Harriet Fraser

Upper Hutt

Harriet Fraser is an independent consultant at Harriet Fraser Traffic Engineering and transportation Planning. She is a specialist in traffic engineering and transportation planning.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Russell Karu

Auckland

Russell Karu is a lawyer, specialising in resource management, local government law, and indigenous legal issues.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Loretta Lovell

Upper Hutt

Loretta Lovell is the director of Lovell & Associates Limited law firm. She has experience in commercial, public and iwi settlement law.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Philip Milne

Wellington

Philip Milne is a barrister at Waterfront Chambers. He has over twenty years’ experience in the local government and environmental law fields.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Chris Mitchell

Waikanae

Chris Mitchell is a lawyer, with a background in economics and resource management. He has specialised in local government matters, and has acted as an advisor to several councils, developers, and community groups.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Gary Rae

Nelson

Gary Rae is the director of Gary Rae Consulting Limited, which specialise in planning. He has experience as a planner for both central and local government.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Cindy Robinson

Christchurch

Cindy Robinson is the Chair of the Christchurch District Licensing Committee. She is a lawyer specialising in environmental and local government law.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Gregory Shaw

Auckland

Gregory Shaw is the chief executive of The Consultancy Group (marine engineering) and Geotech Professionals (civil engineering).

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Darrell Statham

Wellington

Darrell Statham is Transport Manager for Porirua City Council. He has extensive civil engineering experience and specialises in civil design, economic evaluation and project management.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Mark St Clair

Wellington

Mark St Clair is the principal and co-director of Hill Young Cooper Limited, a strategic resource management, and environmental policy and planning consultancy.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Gina Sweetman

Porirua

Gina Sweetman is a consultant of Sweetman Planning Services. She has experience with local government and Māori issues through her work as a planning and policy advisor in the public and private sector.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Sheena Tepania

Auckland

Sheena Tepania has practiced as a lawyer, lecturer and consultant, specialising in Treaty issues, resource management and Māori land law.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Tania Te Whenua

Rotorua

Tania Te Whenua is the director and principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting. She specialised in providing advice to Māori individuals and organisations for their own development.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

Lou Wickham

Auckland

Lou Wickham is a director of Emission Impossible Limited, a consultancy specialising in air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable transport management.

2 March 2020 –
1 March 2023

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