Auckland’s community-based ethnic peoples panel has colours of different ethnicities as the new appointments by Auckland Council reveal.
The panel is designed to provide the council with â€œbig pictureâ€ intelligence on issues important to diverse groups, and advise on effective engagement, says a statement by Auckland Council.
The council received many applications and the final selection was based on the criteria of having good knowledge of their communities, experience with governance and advisory roles, and an understanding of councilâ€™s future direction.
â€œIt was a robust process,â€ says Grant Taylor, Auckland Council governance director. â€œWe were greatly appreciative of the motivation and enthusiasm of all candidates.â€
The ethnic panel will meet once a month and will work closely with the liaison councillor â€“ Councillor Denise Krum (Ethnic Peoples), untill their term expires before the local government elections in 2016.
The Ethnic Peoples Panel for Auckland
- Feroz Ali (interim chair), managing director, New Zealand Career College
- Carlos Abdelrahman, community engagement coordinator, NZ Aids Foundation
- Asoka Basnayake, senior advisor, Tertiary Education Commission, Manukau
- Naoe Hashimoto, executive assistant, efu Investment Limited
- Anita Keestra, lecturer/business trainer
- Yee Yang ‘Square’ Lee, company director, WhySquare Limited
- Angela Lim, medical student, deputy chair Manukau Counties DHB Community Panel
- Kafeba Mundele, chair of the New Zealand National Refugee Network
- Dave Tomu, sales consultant
- Liu Shueng Wong, director, Intercultural Works Limited
- Christian Dee Yao, research and teaching fellow, Massey University