Auckland Council’s advisory panels do not have any decision-making power. In this way, the advisory panels are distinct from the council’s committees.
The advisory panels’ role is to advise the council on:
relevant policies, plans and strategies
regional and strategic matters, including those dealt with by council-controlled organisations
any matter of particular interest or concern to their respective communities.
The council has demographic and sector advisory panels.
When making a decision, the council is required to take account of the diversity of the community, and the community’s interests, within its district or region .
One of the roles of the Mayor of Auckland is to ensure there is effective engagement between Auckland Council and the people of Auckland, including those too young to vote . The mayor also has the power to establish processes and mechanisms for the council to engage, whether generally or particularly (e.g. with the people of a cultural, ethnic, geographic or other community of interest) .
Advisory panels are one of the council’s mechanisms used to fulfil these legislative requirements.