Economic Development Committee - 2014

The Economic Development Committee meets every six weeks in the Thames Council chambers.

Meeting Schedule

Find out when the next meeting is scheduled by using our Events & Meetings calendar section.


Economic Development Committee Membership

External members who have now been appointed are:
  • Mr Brent Page - Chairman
    A resident of the Coromandel, Mr Page is a director and part-owner of a nationally recognised computer and IT services company. Mr Page is currently the Chair of Destination Coromandel (our Regional Tourism Organisation) and was instrumental in the successful restructure of the RTO over the past few years. Mr Page brings to the committee extensive commercial and governance experience.
  • Mr. Leigh Hopper
    A well-known and successful businessman on the Coromandel, Mr. Hopper has extensive experience in property development, marketing, contracting and entrepreneurship. As the principal shareholder and managing director of Hopper Developments, Mr. Hopper is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Hopper Construction company and the strategic planning and direction of the organisation.
  • Mr. Grahame Christian
    Mr Christian is a property-owner at Whangapoua, and managing director and single shareholder of Smart Environmental - a large national refuse and recycling firm. Mr Christian has extensive commercial and governance experience and is very also experienced in the local government sector. He is Chairman of the Pare Hauraki Asset Holdings Limited, a significant commercial entity in the region, managing fisheries assets for the Hauraki Maori Trust Board.

Economic Development Committee Support

Economic Development Programme Manager Ben Dunbar-Smith is the Council staff member supporting this committee.

Committees of Council are supported by a Committee Advisor.

If you wish to address Council or its Committees during a public forum session please contact the relevant Committee Advisor. See our Public Participation at Meetings page for more information.

Committee Advisor : Michelle Baker

Phone : 07 868 0200


Purpose of the Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee ensures Council's Economic Development Strategy is implemented and opportunities and risks to Council and other organisations are identified. This is done by overseeing any investment decisions Council is making to ensure economic outcomes are achieved in line with the six major strategic directives of the Economic Development Strategy and its five-year strategic programme of work.

The committee also ensures Council complies with legislative requirements and Council policy. It also raises awareness of potential economic opportunities which are developed collaboratively with communities and businesses, including iwi and government agencies.

This committee ensures it's as easy as possible (within Council statutory and policy requirements) for economic opportunities to be achieved and consideration is given to alternative opportunities to achieve the major strategic directives of the economic development strategy.


Agenda (Order Paper)

To read an Agenda online, select the meeting date below then use the linked index to see each item in the list.

All Order Papers are listed two (2) clear working days prior to a meeting. The list below outlines our future meetings dates for 2014. These dates are subject to change.


Confirmed Minutes

Minutes are updated and published once confirmed at the following meeting.

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