Meet our Regional Advisory Committees

 

Northern

Dave Knowles
Chair, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Jo Wiggins
Member, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Martin Snedden
Member, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Dave Knowles
Chair, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Jo Wiggins
Member, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Martin Snedden
Member, Northern Regional Advisory Committee
Dave Knowles
Chair, Northern Regional Advisory Committee

Dave retired in 2019 from his role as a relationship manager for Sport New Zealand, and has had a long involvement in sport and recreation, initially as a cricketer and secondary school teacher and coach. Later, he moved into leadership roles as CEO Harbour Sport, Manager Regional Services for the Hillary Commission and CEO of Squash New Zealand. During this time he also served in governance roles on the Boards of Equestrian New Zealand, North Harbour Stadium Trust and North Harbour Netball Trust.

After a period where he operated as a freelance consultant, Dave returned to sports management at Sport NZ and remains especially interested in how investors support volunteer organisations at community level.

 

Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Trevor Maxwell
Chair, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Rob Egan
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Michael Smith
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Jeanna Love
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Trevor Maxwell
Chair, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Rob Egan
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Michael Smith
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Jeanna Love
Member, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee
Trevor Maxwell
Chair, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Advisory Committee

Former Deputy Mayor of Rotorua, Trevor is the city's longest serving District Councillor with more than 30 years to his credit. Tourism New Zealand appointed Trevor as Kaupapa Director in 2008, and he is currently Chairman of the Opera in the Park organising committee, Deputy Chairman of Toi Maori (New Zealand Maori Arts Board), and a member of the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust, Lakeside Concert Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Tourism Board. Former leader of award-winning cultural group, Ngati Rangiwewehi, he was also the Te Arawa representative on the Aotearoa Performing Arts Committee.

 

Gisborne

Sean Shivnan
Chair, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Tina Karaitiana
Member, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Tony Scragg
Member, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Sean Shivnan
Chair, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Tina Karaitiana
Member, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Tony Scragg
Member, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee
Sean Shivnan
Chair, Gisborne Regional Advisory Committee

Sean is a pharmacist and active member of Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. He has coached and played many sports over the years, currently enjoying mountain biking, cycling, weights, walking and golf. Sean was a driving force behind the popular Kaiti Hill Challenge.

He has served on the Mangapapa School Board of Trustees and is currently on the Chelsea Hospital Board.

 

Taranaki

Selwyn Metcalfe
Chair, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Jen Blyde
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
David Lean
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Garry Carnachan
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Selwyn Metcalfe
Chair, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Jen Blyde
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
David Lean
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Garry Carnachan
Member, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee
Selwyn Metcalfe
Chair, Taranaki Regional Advisory Committee

Real estate agent and Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Selwyn is a Justice of the Peace, and has been awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Hawera and holds a status of a Paul Harris Fellow.

In 2008 Selwyn was appointed by the New Zealand Law Society as a lay person to the Taranaki Law Society’s Standards Committee and continues to fill this role. Selwyn is also a past Trustee of the Taranaki Savings Bank Community Trust Board and the Taranaki Elite Athletes Foundation. He is the past President of both Wrestling New Zealand and the Oceania Wrestling Committee.

He was also a qualified international wrestling referee, having judged wrestling at four Commonwealth Games as well as being appointed on the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee to oversee wrestling.

 

Horizons

Danny Jonas
Member, Horizons Regional Advisory Committee
Gerard Gillespie
Member, Horizons Regional Advisory Committee
Danny Jonas
Member, Horizons Regional Advisory Committee
Gerard Gillespie
Member, Horizons Regional Advisory Committee
Danny Jonas
Member, Horizons Regional Advisory Committee

Danny is the Chief Executive Officer of Sport Whanganui. He has a background in facility management and has experience of local government as a former district councillor.

Danny is passionate about sport and its value for community wellness. He is actively involved with grassroots sport through managing teams and serving on club committees and boards.

He has interests in NZ Masters Games Company and NZ Masters Games Trust, River City Boxing Club, Wanganui City Football Club, Cricket Wanganui and Community Recreation Services Trust.

 

Hawke's Bay

Ian Smith
Chair, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Blair Robinson
Member, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Heidi Oliver
Member, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Ian Smith
Chair, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Blair Robinson
Member, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Heidi Oliver
Member, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee
Ian Smith
Chair, Hawke's Bay Regional Advisory Committee

Educated in Wellington and Palmerston North, Ian Smith has been a Hawke’s Bay resident for 25 years, along with his wife and three sons.

After an early career in banking, Ian was a New Zealand cricketer from 1980 to 1992. He was also a sports commentator for TVNZ for 5 years and has been a commentator for Sky TV for the past 20 years.

He is patron of Cornwall Cricket Club in Hastings.

 

Wellington

Paul Elenio
Chair, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Kevin Wilson
Member, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Waimarama Taumaunu
Member, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Paul Elenio
Chair, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Kevin Wilson
Member, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Waimarama Taumaunu
Member, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee
Paul Elenio
Chair, Wellington Regional Advisory Committee

Paul's newspaper industry career spans almost 37 years. His most recent role was as General Manager of Fairfax Central Region, where he was responsible for publishing three daily newspapers (including The Dominion Post) and 15 community newspapers.

While working as Sports Editor, Paul spent six years reporting on the All Blacks (including the 1981 Springbok tour). He has had many sporting assignments ranging from Wimbledon tennis to the New Zealand women's softball team's participation in the world championships in Canada.

Paul is a current member of the New Zealand Parole Board. He is also a member of the Real Estate Agents Authority Complaints Assessment Committee and the Advertising Standards Authority Appeal Board.

 

Top of the South

Paul Matheson
Funding Advisor, Top of the South
Paul Matheson
Funding Advisor, Top of the South
Paul Matheson
Funding Advisor, Top of the South

Paul is the current Deputy Mayor of Nelson, but was Mayor between 1998-2007, and has been a city councillor for nine years. He is also a former Director of the Port and Airport Company and National Chair of the Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs. In addition to his council work, Paul provides advice and consultancy services to Nelson Cricket and several charitable clubs and organisations. He is an avid rugby supporter.

 

Southern

Stephen Boock
Chair, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Todd Heller
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Julie Seymour
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Brian McKechnie
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Stephen Boock
Chair, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Todd Heller
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Julie Seymour
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Brian McKechnie
Member, Southern Regional Advisory Committee
Stephen Boock
Chair, Southern Regional Advisory Committee

Stephen played cricket for New Zealand from 1978 to 1989. A former Director and President of New Zealand Cricket, he was awarded the ONZM for services to sport and the community in 2016.

Stephen is passionate about all sports and loves the outdoors and the New Zealand back country.

 

Chatham Islands

Owen Pickles
Chair, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Denise Meo
Member, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Craig Emeny
Member, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Owen Pickles
Chair, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Denise Meo
Member, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Craig Emeny
Member, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee
Owen Pickles
Chair, Chatham Islands Regional Advisory Committee

As Chief Executive Officer of the Chatham Islands Council, Owen has spent over 40 years working in Local Government, working with several southern authorities. Owen's interests are family, travel, horse racing and fitness.