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Office locations and COGS committee boundaries Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Te Tahua Mā Ngā Whakahaere i Ngā Hapori

Contact details for each regional office are available on the contact us page.

The names listed are the COGS Committee members for the 2016 funding round  - we will update this information when the results of the 2017 elections are confirmed.

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COGS map showing local offices

Regional offices and COGS committees
North Island
Kaitaia
Whangarei
Auckland/Manukau
Hamilton
Rotorua
Gisborne
New Plymouth
Napier
Palmerston North
Wellington/Hutt City
 South Island
Nelson
Greymouth
Christchurch
Dunedin
Invercargill
Chatham Islands

 

Regional officeCOGS
committees
COGS committee membersDescription of
area covered
2017 community outcomes
Kaitaia Far North COGS Committee Mercia Smith
Lynn Dow
Anita Richardson
Lis Langastone
George Goodhew
All townships within the Far North District Council boundary Far North outcome priorities
Whangarei Whangarei / Kaipara COGS Committee Nick Andrews
David Laird
Trevor Donald
Craig Jones
Debbie Evans
Raymond Paxton
Liz Makene
All townships within the Whangarei and Kaipara District Council boundaries  Whangarei / Kaipara outcome priorities
Auckland/Manukau Rodney / North Shore COGS Committee Graeme Wright
Tracey Roberts
Yvonne Churches
Makalita Vaenuku
Janice Dowle
Quentin Jukes
Savanna Steele
All townships and suburbs within the Rodney District, and including the Upper Harbour, Albany and North Shore wards Rodney/North Shore outcome priorities 
Great Barrier Island COGS committee Ralph Golaboski
Rendt Gorter
Barbara McGrath
Robyn Grice
The entire Great Barrier Island Great Barrier Island outcome priorities
Waitakere City COGS Committee Ami Chand
Michelle Clayton
Beverley Harris
John Riddell
Roiri Stephens
Gayle Marshall
Hinemoa Key
All townships and suburbs in the Waitakere ward, and the New Lynn, Green Bay, Kelston, Rosebank, Waterview and Avondale suburbs from the Whau ward Waitakere outcome priorities
Auckland City COGS Committee Carlos Abdelrahman
Catherine Aiavao
Joanna Easingwood
Zora Feilo-Makapa
Sue Harris
Kevin Milroy
Martha Pritchard
Rachel Turner
George Ngatai
Includes New Windsor and Blockhouse Bay suburbs from the Whau ward, and, Alvery-Eden-Roskill ward, Orakei, and Waiheke Island Auckland City outcome priorities
Manukau COGS Committee Elizabeth Adams
Lesley Anderson
Cynthia Bates
Varsha Belwalkar
Raewyn Bhana
Gloria Gao
Desmond Moemoe
Rajendaran Naidu
Robyne Parker
Includes Howick, Manukau wards and Manurewa of the Manurewa-Papakura ward Manukau outcome priorities
Papakura / Franklin COGS Committee Ezekiel Robson
Hepisipa Lopeti
Ann Kendall
Russell Preston
Mark Esekielu
Hazel Jennings
Includes Takanini and Papakura from the Manurewa-Papakura ward and the townships and suburbs within the Franklin ward Papakura / Franklin outcome priorities
Hamilton Hauraki COGS Committee Karen Dodd
Rowena Buchanan
Graham King
Helen McCabe
John Gaffikin-Cowan
Jenny Wolf
Sheryll FitzPatrick
All townships within the Hauraki and Thames-Coromandel District Council boundaries. Hauraki outcome priorities
Waikato West COGS Committee Anne Ramsay
Dave Thompson
Dr Michael Brown
Shirley Gillard
Victoria Kemp
Colin Hodkinson
Roslyn Nancekivell
All townships within the Waikato and Matamata-Piako District Council boundaries. Waikato West outcome priorities
Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City COGS Committee Tony Macpherson-Stevens
Jane Barnett
Chellie Keenan
Karen Singers
Holly Snape
Peter Humphreys
Jo Bailey
All suburbs and townships within the Hamilton City Council boundary. Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City outcome priorities
South Waikato COGS Committee Ann Marie Payne
June Lambeth
Allan Gauntlett
Patricia Neal
Kiri Gray
Elizabeth Daniels
David Waine
All townships within the Waipa, South Waikato, Otorohanga and Waitomo District Council boundaries. South Waikato outcome priorities
Rotorua Tauranga Moana COGS Committee Zoe Ellet
Alexandra Walters
Anna Larsen
Phillip Hikairo
Sameli Tongalea
Ewa Fenn
Trudy Ake
All townships within the Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Council boundaries. Tauranga Moana outcome priorities
Rotorua COGS Committee Mary Longson
Sandra Redpath-Baird
Reynold Macpherson
Ingrid Tiriana
Rob Vigor-Brown
Tireni Ratema
Ngaire Ngamoki
All suburbs and townships within the Rotorua District Council boundary. Rotorua outcome priorities
Tongariro COGS Committee Moewai Solomon
Anneke Dinnington
Kylie Leonard
Josephine Harris
Sonia Hepi-Treanor
Lillian Hancock
Debra Horner
Christine Holland
All townships within the Taupo and Ruapehu District Council boundaries. Tongariro outcome priorities
Gisborne Tairawhiti COGS Committee Jennifer Greaves
Elaine Hogan
Jamie Hutana
Arihia Chesley
Paul Sollitt
Adrienne Andresen
Jimi Hills
Ngaio Bell
All townships within the Gisborne and Wairoa District Council boundaries. Tairwhiti outcome priorities
Mataatua COGS Committee Wilhelmina Mohi
Ann Paynter
Memory Mio
Danny Paruru
Faylene Tunui
Richard Hamer
All townships within the Opotiki, Whakatane and Kawerau District Council boundaries. Mataatua outcome priorities
New Plymouth North Taranaki COGS Committee Moana Denness
Robin Aitken
Kirsty Linnell
Clive Pryme
Jocelyn Merwood
Glen Bennett
Mary Beaumont
All suburbs and townships within the New Plymouth District Council boundary. North Taranaki outcome priorities
South Taranaki COGS Committee Dave Dent
Danny Bates
Jacq Dwyer
Wendy Eynon
Janine Luke-Taamaru
Mary Nicholson
Billy Tipene 
All townships within the Stratford and South Taranaki District Council boundaries. South Taranaki outcome priorities
Napier Kahungunu ki Heretaunga COGS Committee Lee Bullivant
Helen Collins
Kate Kerr
Theresa O'Brien
Alison Prins
Taime Pareanga Samuel
Ken Simons
All suburbs and townships within the Napier City Council boundary, and the Hastings District Council boundary. Kahungunu ki Heretaunga outcome priorities
Tamatea/Tamaki Nui a Rua COGS Committee Pamela Bevan
Kathy Braddick
Chris Kaufman
Susie Stephenson
Alice Jonathan
All townships within the Central Hawkes Bay and Tararua District Council boundaries. Tamatea Tamaki Nui a Rua outcome priorities
Palmerston North Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei COGS Committee Ailsa Stewart
Anne George
Michelle Fannin
Brenda Burnard
Barbara Young
Colleen Munn
Desmond Warahi 
All townships within the Whanganui, Waitomo, Waimarino and Rangitikei District Council boundaries. Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei outcome priorities
Manawatu / Horowhenua COGS Committee Tania Garrett
Margaret May
Jane Julian
Allan Muntz
Ann Williamson
TeUira Kerehoma
George Sue
Palmerston North and all townships within the Manawatu and Horowhenua District Council boundaries. Manawatu / Horowhenua outcome priorities
Wellington/Hutt City Wairarapa COGS Committee Carol Moffatt
Emily Greenberg
Esther Read
Rev Jenny Chalmers
Grant Howard
Makuini Kerehi
Glenda Seville
All townships within the Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Council boundaries. Wairarapa outcome prorities
Whitireia COGS Committee Chanel Partridge
Dr David Scott (JP)
Margaret Lavery
Christine Bongiovanni
Charlie Holland
Irene Corpuz
Naomi Yeoman
Brian McGettigan
All townships within the Kapiti District Council boundary, and the Porirua City Council boundary. Whitireia outcome prorities
Hutt Valley COGS Committee Christine Wakefield
Marcia Skinnon
James Time
Awhina Vailima
Lynne Wyman
Debbie Hunter
Amber Moffitt
All suburbs within the Upper Hutt and Hutt City Council boundaries. Hutt Valley outcome priorities
Wellington COGS Committee Ann Dalziel
Alex Sligo-Green
Natalie Shearer
Tracy Hurst-Porter
Angela Roestenburg
Paula Booth
Roger Tweedy
Te Rangimarie Williams
All suburbs within the Wellington City Council boundary. Wellington outcome priorities
Nelson Nelson Bays COGS Committee Celia Bulman
Sue Clark
Jody Maru
Graeme Thomas
Sheryl Nalder
Charmaine Nicholls
Includes the Nelson City Council boundary and all townships within the Tasman District Council boundary. Nelson Bays outcome priorities
Marlborough COGS Committee Ian Cameron
Michael Pink
Yvonne Morrison
Margaret Western
Toni Brooks
Dianne Johnson
Includes all townships within the Marlborough and Kaikoura District Council boundaries. Marlborough outcome priorities
Greymouth West Coast COGS Committee Nicki Mora
Jeanette Goode
Sharon Marsh
Ingrid Dugand
Corrina Gestro-Best
Colleen Buchanan
All townships within the Buller, Greymouth and Westland District Council boundaries. West Coast outcome priorities
Christchurch Canterbury Rural Leon Frear
Michelle Turrall
Kath Adams
Julie Coster
Jo Ealam
Valda Reveley
David Lilley
All townships within the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Council boundaries. Canterbury Rural outcome priorities
Christchurch City / Banks Peninsula Weng Kei Chen
Lynda Goodrick
Melisa Stanley
Anne Gibling
Allan Rutherford
Jennifer Cato
Linda Ngata
Tayla Reece
 All townships and suburbs within the Christchurch City Council boundary. Christchurch City / Banks Peninsula outcome priorities
Aoraki COGS Committee Karen Beker
Michelle Brett
Kevin Clifford
Janet Daly
Rose Davidson
David Holmes
Don McCully
All townships within the Ashburton, Mackenzie, Timaru and Waimate District Council boundaries. Aoraki outcome priorities
Chatham Island COGS Committee Brian Dunn
Donna Reed
Gill Dix
Marion Dix
Jessie Donaldson
The entire Chatham Islands. Chatham Island outcome priorities
Dunedin Central Otago COGS Committee Tara Druce
Ella Lawton
Bonnie Miller-Perry
Julie O'Connell
Marie Roxburgh
Susan Symons
Tony Tohill
All townships within the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago District Council boundaries. Central Otago outcome priorities
Coastal Otago COGS Committee Margaret Henderson
Numia Aiono
Kevin Black
Barry Monks
Nicole Jackson
Brian Lowe
Irene Mosley
Carmen Jillet
All townships within the Waitaki and Clutha District Council boundaries, and all suburbs and townships within the Dunedin City Council boundary. Coastal Otago outcome priorities
Invercargill Southland COGS Committee Kelly Takurua
Polly Paul
Alisa Speight
Nellie Garthwaite
Lesley Du Mez
Lyn Devery
Isobel Rika
All townships within the Southland and Gore District Council boundaries, and all suburbs within the Invercargill City Council boundary. Southland outcome priorities

 

Becoming a COGS Committee Member

COGS is a community-driven, government-funded scheme that provides essential support to grassroots voluntary and non-profit community organisations.

The Department of Internal Affairs administers the scheme, providing secretarial services for the National COGS Committee (NCC), the governing body, and the 37 Local Distribution Committees (LDCs), which are made up of volunteers who decide on grant applications from organisations within their area. They are elected for a three year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Most local COGS Committees have seven members who have a broad knowledge of their local community; the ability to make decisions based on consensus, experience of financial and/or management systems and a general understanding of tikanga Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Elections for COGS Committees are held every three years. Voting by COGS registered community organisations is by postal ballot. The next election will be held early in 2017.

To be eligible to participate in the tri-annual election you must:

  • be nominated by a COGS registered community organisation operating within your LDC area;
  • live or work in the area covered by the LDC;
  • be over the age of 18 years at the time of nomination;
  • be eligible to remain in New Zealand for the period of your appointment (i.e. you are a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand, or hold a visa enabling you to remain in New Zealand for the period of your appointment);
  • not be currently bankrupt;
  • not be subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (note: property orders under this Act are imposed by the Court where there are concerns about the competence of a person to manage his or her own affairs in relation to his or her property);
  • not have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment – people who have been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment are eligible for election once they have been sentenced and have served, or otherwise completed, the sentence in relation to that offence;
  • not be a permanently appointed staff member of the Department of Internal Affairs; and
  • not be a current LDC member completing a second consecutive three-year term.

Ideal candidate qualities

  • knowledge of the local community;
  • ability to make decisions based on consensus;
  • experience of financial and/or management systems;
  • ability to use electronic devices when assessing applicants;
  • commitment to act with honesty and integrity and not to disclose or use information that otherwise would not be available to them;
  • awareness of the community outcomes identified by the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP), which is available at your local authority office or website;
  • basic understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga;
  • ability to recognise and manage conflicts of interest; and
  • commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

 

Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)