Committees are the workhorses of our council, where councillors, staff, advisors and you work together to identify the best course of action and make it happen.

If you have a great idea, a concern or some expertise to share, a committee is where you should do that. You’re welcome to attend any of our committee meetings.

Contact Democratic Services on phone (04) 237 5089 or email to let us know you're coming and if you wish to have speaking rights.

Council & committee membership and terms of reference

Chairperson: Mayor Mike Tana

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Izzy Ford (Deputy Mayor)

Members: The Mayor and all Councillors.  Taku Parai, Council Kaumātua (Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira) - Non-voting member.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Purpose: To carry out leadership, vision, strategic priorities and the outcomes sought for the Porirua City. The Council has the authority to delegate a range of decision-making powers to its subordinate committees and provides the Chief Executive with a range of delegations to enable it to operate on a day to day basis.

Chairperson: Councillor Dame Beverley Wakem

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor John Burke

Membership: Mayor Tana, Councillors, Ross Leggett, Izzy Ford, Kylie Wihapi and Graeme Mitchell (external member)

Meeting Frequency: Quarterly

Purpose: To assist the Council by ensuring there are robust internal controls for financial and non-financial assets, and that there are appropriate arrangements for internal and external reporting and accountability, risk management, internal and external audit functions and compliance with statutory processes, standards and best practice.

Chairperson: Councillor Dale Williams

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Anita Baker

Membership: Mayor Tana, Councillors ‘Ana Coffey, Councillor Dame Beverley Wakem; Taku Parai, Council Kaumātua (Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira)

Meeting Frequency: Three times per annum, or as required

Purpose: To manage the Council’s working relationship with the Chief Executive as required under the Local Government Act 2002.

Chairperson: Councillor Anita Baker

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Ross Leggett

Membership: The Mayor and all Councillors, Taku Parai, Council Kaumātua (Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira)

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Purpose: To ensure the implementation of the Council’s strategic direction and framework as set out in the Long-term Plan and Annual Plan through sound decision-making, strategy, policy, planning, service delivery and operations.

Chairperson: Councillor ‘Ana Coffey

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Kylie Wihapi

Membership: The Mayor and all Councillors, Taku Parai, Council Kaumātua (Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira)

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Purpose: To develop and monitor the long-term strategic direction and framework to achieve the Council’s vision, priorities and outcomes.

Chairperson: Mayor Mike Tana

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Izzy Ford

Membership: Councillors Anita Baker, 'Ana Coffey, Dame Beverley Wakem

Meeting Frequency: As required

Purpose: To approve the attendance and associated costs of elected members at conferences, seminars, training or events or when representing the Council as part of a delegation or invitation.

Chairperson Councillor: Izzy Ford

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Faafoi Seiuli

Membership: Councillors ‘Ana Coffey, Mike Duncan, Dale Williams and Kylie Wihapi; Taku Parai, Council Kaumātua (Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira)

Meeting Frequency: As required

Purpose: As a subcommittee of the City Delivery Committee it will administer the community grants programme, allocating grants associated with the Community Funding Policy and Events Strategy.  The subcommittee will also administer the Council’s awards and have functions related to the Creative Communities Assessment Committee and Wellington Regional Airport Awards Judging Panel.

Chairperson: Councillor John Burke

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Dale Williams

Membership: Councillor John Burke, Councillor Dale Williams, List Members

Meeting Frequency: As required

Purpose: The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (the Act) requires the Council to appoint 1 or more District Licensing Committees to deal with licensing matters (Section 186).   The Porirua Licensing Committee is appointed to administer the Council’s alcohol licensing framework as determined by the Act and the Council’s Local Alcohol Policy (101KB pdf).

Joint committees with Wellington City Council and/or Greater Wellington Regional Council:

We also appoint councillors to represent Porirua City on outside organisations or groups, as well as on joint committees with other councils in the region.

Chairperson: Councillor Anita Baker

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Kylie Wihapi


  • Porirua City Council - Councillors Anita Baker and Kylie Wihapi
  • Wellington City Council - Councillor Peter Gilberd
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council -  Barbara Donaldson
  • Ngāti Toa - Sharli-Jo Solomon

Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year

Purpose: The purpose of the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Joint Committee (Harbour Committee) is to oversee the development, monitoring, review and implementation of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan 2012 (Harbour Strategy).

Wastewater Treatment Plant and Landfill Joint Committee

Chairperson: Councillor Ross Leggett

Deputy Chairperson: Councillor Iona Pannett

Membership: Councillors Ana Coffey, Ross Leggett, Dale Williams; Cr Iona Pannett (Wellington City Council) with Cr Malcolm Sparrow as alternate (Wellington City Council)

Meeting Frequency: Quarterly

Purpose: To provide governance for the joint services entered into by the Porirua and Wellington City Councils through the joint venture agreements for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Spicer Valley Landfill and the associated land.

Terms of reference

The make-up of our committees is reviewed after each local body election and the terms of reference are decided. You can download and print the full Terms of Reference from the link below.

Wellington Regional Triennial Agreement 2016-19 

We have an agreement to work with the other councils in the Greater Wellington region.  This agreement is renewed every three years after local body elections.