Economic Development Committee - 2015

The 10 November 2015 meeting has been rescheduled to 26 November at 9am in the Council Chambers in Thames.

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 Page also now attends full Council meetings (every six to eight weeks) and has full speaking rights.

"This is a logical and practical solution to bring the Economic Development Chairman to Council. Our ED Chair is doing a lot of work with us involving our I-Sites and Destination Coromandel," says Mayor Glenn Leach. "We have an ambitious work programme we're working on around Economic Development and Mr Page as an astute businessman can provide real insights."

Mr Page will only attend full Council meetings (not deliberations or hearings).

Mr Chris Greive

Chris Greive has been appointed onto Council’s Economic Development Committee to replace external member Leigh Hopper.Mr Grieve has more than 30 years experience in the travel and tourism industry and previously was the managing directo and shareholder of Top Deck Travel London. He is currently the Managing Director and Shareholder of Flight Centre NZ, where he grew the business from 6 shops to 130 shops, also expanding from retail to include corporate and wholesale.

He is also the owner and Managing Director of Barkers (which includes the 50% management of Top Shop NZ) since 2006. Mr Grieve has property on the Coromandel.

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 2015. These dates are subject to change.

Confirmed Minutes

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