Role of Committee Chairpersons and Portfolio Leaders
A committee chairperson presides over all meetings of the committee, ensuring that the committee acts within the powers delegated by the Council, as set out in the Terms of Reference for Council Committees (which describe the membership, objectives and responsibilities of each committee). The terms of reference for most committees provide that the committee chairperson has the power to exercise a casting vote. Committee chairpersons may be called on to act as official spokespersons on particular issues. They may be removed from office by resolution of Council.
More information about Greater Wellington Regional Council's committee structure can be found here.
For the 2016-2019 triennium there are three portfolio leaders, each representing a key area managed by the Council and the Council Committees: Parks, Forests, Biodiversity and Recreation, Economic Development and Infrastructure, and Wairarapa Issues. The portfolio leaders chair the committees relevant to their portfolios as well as provide expertise to Council based on their portfolio areas.