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On 9 February 2021, four commissioners replaced our mayor and councillors.

The Commission’s initial appointment was expected to conclude at the October 2022 local government elections, however, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has reappointed the existing four commissioners for a new commission term running from 26 April 2022 through to July 2024, when the next local election for Tauranga City Council will be held. 

Commissioner clinics

Commissioner clinics are held once a month – this is your opportunity to speak to a commissioner directly with any questions or concerns you may have.

2024 Commissioner Clinic Dates

20 March
24 April
8 May
29 May
26 June

Meetings are held in the Commission Office, Level 3, 306 Cameron Road, Tauranga.

If you would like to book in a 20min clinic time please contact Executive Assistant Maree King on maree.king@tauranga.govt.nz

Meet your commissioners

Anne Tolley

Anne Tolley

Commission Chair

Anne Tolley has had a wide experience in local and national politics over the last 30 years.

Elected to the Napier City Council in 1986, she was Deputy Mayor for six years. She also served one term on the inaugural Hawkes Bay Regional Council.
In 1999, Anne was elected to Parliament as a National Party MP based in Napier, and then successfully contested the election for the East Coast Electorate in 2005. She held that seat until her retirement from national politics in 2020.

Anne served for nine years as a Government minister, holding the portfolios of Education, Police, Corrections, MSD, Children and Local Government. From 2017 to 2020, she served as Deputy Speaker of the House.

Anne is Chair of Transparency International New Zealand’s Board.

Email: anne.tolley@tauranga.govt.nz


Bill Wasley

Bill Wasley


Bill Wasley has more than 40 years’ experience in resource management and senior management positions in local government and the private sector. He comes from a professional planning background and before founding his own consultancy business, Wasley Consultants Ltd in 1996, he was Company Secretary for the Port of Tauranga Ltd and held directorships of its subsidiary companies. 

A previous Director of Planning & Environment with Tauranga City Council, Bill was responsible for planning, building services, environmental health, and land information.  He was also the Council’s Acting Chief Executive in 1994/95.

Bill has held commissioner or chairperson roles within a range of New Zealand organisations, with a substantial focus on integrated growth management (strategy, funding, and implementation) strategies and spatial plans. He also has a strong interest in governance and collaborative approaches which achieve integration between spatial planning, economic development, and social/ community outcomes.

Amongst his many current and past governance roles, Bill was the Independent Chair of the western Bay of Plenty’s SmartGrowth partnership from 2001 until his appointment as a Tauranga City Council Commissioner. He is currently chair of the FutureProof Growth Management Partnership in the Waikato and finishes his role as the Independent Chair of the Greater Christchurch Partnership in March. 

Email: bill.wasley@tauranga.govt.nz


Stephen Selwood

Stephen Selwood


Stephen Selwood is a professional director and an expert in infrastructure vision, strategy and policy.

In addition to his role as a Commissioner for Tauranga City Council Stephen provides public policy advice to the infrastructure sector as a director of Selwood Infrastructure Advisory; and is managing director of Rapt Ltd an online and bricks and mortar retail gift, decor and fashion business based in Auckland.

In his former roles as founding Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand and member of the Board of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga, Stephen demonstrated a proven record of leading and influencing policy at both a Government and industry level. This included galvanising support from disparate public and private sector parties into a common vision centred on national benefit.

In 2019, he received the Infrastructure New Zealand leadership award for his contribution to the industry in New Zealand.

Stephen describes himself as a thought-leader and an agent for positive change, who will bring a deep understanding of integrated urban development and infrastructure planning, funding and delivery to his city governance role.

Email: stephen.selwood@tauranga.govt.nz


Shadrach Rolleston

Shadrach Rolleston


Shadrach Rolleston is a consultant planner and policy advisor with expertise in resource management and Māori relationship management and engagement.  He is of Māori descent with tribal connections to Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga and affiliations to Te Arawa.

His public service career spans more than 20 years at a national, regional and local level.  He has worked as a policy advisor and planner for both central and local government, having been involved in transport and environmental reforms.  He spent some time in the private sector as an academic researcher, then as a consultant planner contracted to assist clients with a range of complex and challenging problems, from marine casualties to power generation, and water and waste.  Relationship management, engagement and mediation are his core strengths.

Shad supported his iwi Treaty of Waitangi claims settlement research and negotiations with the Crown, having served on the Ngāti Ranginui Post Settlement Governance Entity as a board member, and iwi property leasing company as a Director.  He is a former SmartGrowth Tū Pakari Advisor and co-chair of the Combined Tāngata Whenua Forum, is the current Chair of Arā Rau Tāngata, and is a board member of the Abundant Life Community Trust. 

Email: shadrach.rolleston@tauranga.govt.nz

The Commission's role

The Commission has been appointed to make good decisions on behalf of the city and its residents and to ensure that a process is in place to restore full local democracy at the July 2024 elections for Tauranga City Council.
Each commissioner brings particular skills in the fields of governance, infrastructure and strategic and financial planning. Together, we are seeking to:

  • Deliver a 2024-34 Long-term Plan that prioritises the needs of the community, city and region.
  • Ensure programmes of work identified in the Commission’s Exit Plan are progressed and sufficiently resourced for delivery.
  • Continue to identify issues faced by the Council and engage in existing Council initiatives or other actions to address these issues.
  • Work with the Council’s Chief Executive to build capability, capacity and resilience within the Council organisation.
  • Support the Council to develop a comprehensive induction programme to ensure incoming elected councillors are enabled to practice good governance.
  • Work with the Council to encourage quality candidates to stand for election.
  • Progress citywide and local area plans for the provision of recreational and community facilities and services to help influence and guide development decisions and allow related transport, network infrastructure and housing planning and development to proceed.
  • Any other tasks the Commission determines to be necessary to maintain the trust and confidence of the community in the Council.

We continue to have a big job ahead of us, but we are individually and jointly committed to getting that job done, working with and for the people of Tauranga Moana and in partnership with the council team.

Additional information

Terms of reference from 26 April 2022 (610kb pdf)
Briefing for incoming commissioners (1.5mb pdf)
Terms of reference (181kb pdf)
Gazette notice - Appointment of Commission to Tauranga City Council
Gazette notice - Termination of the Current Commission and Appointment of a Further Commission to the Tauranga City Council

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