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The organisation

Council staff deliver services, facilities and projects following the direction set by councillors.

The direction for staff to follow is outlined mainly in the Council's statutory documents: 

The organisation is divided into six groups that report to the chief executive.

Marty Grenfell

Phone: 07 577 7000

Marty joined Tauranga City Council in September 2018, after leading Whakatane District Council for seven years. He has nearly 40 years of public service experience. 

For Marty, local government is all about working alongside and serving the community. He thrives on the challenge of leading and developing teams of dedicated professionals who are committed to delivering improved outcomes for the organisation and the people it serves. In Tauranga, that means creating and facilitating opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy and benefit from the special qualities of our city.  
He and the Executive team are committed to creating a high performing organisation that works together with, and understands the community, provides decision-makers with high quality information and provides strong leadership of its people. 
A keen fisherman, Marty is revelling in the many opportunities Tauranga offers. He and wife Clare live at the Mount, providing an excellent beach base for their four adult children to enjoy on their visits home.

Nic Johansson

Phone: 07 577 7000

Nic is a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineering New Zealand. Originally from Sweden, Nic spent his early career on civil engineering projects across four continents before moving to New Zealand 20 years ago. He spent time in the private sector, working for Fulton Hogan and Downer before his most recent role with NZTA, where he specialised in road safety.
Nic joined the council in July 2019 to lead our Infrastructure group, which looks after the city’s water supply and networks, sustainability and waste, transportation, asset information, and infrastructure delivery. 

In his approach to infrastructure planning, delivery and operation Nic wants to focus on tangata whenua, safety, sustainability, community needs and expectations, and value for money.  

He and his wife Kate and their two daughters have lived in Tauranga for five years.

Christine Jones

Phone: 07 577 7000

Christine has worked in senior management roles in local government since 2001. Her varied experience covers strategic and corporate planning, growth management, infrastructure, land use and urban planning. 

She has been involved in the SmartGrowth project over many years and has lead responsibility in Tauranga City Council for the integrated planning of our city’s future and growth (including funding, land use and infrastructure). She enjoys tackling the many challenges presented by our rapidly growing city. 

Christine has also had significant involvement in local government sector best practice work through her membership in working parties for the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) covering (among others) financial management, planning and accountability, and business performance.    

Christine and her husband have two adult children and share an active interest in hotrod cars.

Paul Davidson

Phone: 07 577 7000

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in finance and industrial relations in both Australia and New Zealand, in both the private and public sectors. He is a fellow with the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.  

Paul leads the council’s finance, digital, property, legal and commercial teams as well as Tauranga Airport and marine precinct. Since joining us in 2006 he has been extensively involved with the long-term planning for the city and looking at new and innovative ways to finance and fund infrastructure. 

Currently he is working closely with other growth councils in New Zealand and central government on alternative ways to finance and fund councils to ensure a sustainable model to build cities into the future. He has a strong interest in developing the most appropriate delivery model for infrastructure to ensure issues of housing supply and affordability are addressed, particularly in cities with high growth such as Tauranga.

Paul is also a Civil Defence Alternate Local Controller for the Western Bay of Plenty Region.

Paul shifted to Tauranga from Melbourne in 2004 with his wife and spend most of their spare time enjoying the Bay of Plenty active lifestyle.

Gareth Wallis

Phone: 07 577 7000

Gareth has worked in local government in Auckland and Tauranga for more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles. He came to Tauranga City Council initially from a senior business development role at Auckland Live, New Zealand’s largest performing arts organisation. 

Gareth’s role covers libraries, community development, Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, places and spaces, events, emergency management and civil defence, and council-controlled organisation governance. He has a strong focus on relationship building within the community, building successful and engaged teams, and ensuring processes create accountability and transparency in decision making. 

He has a background in the performing arts, event management, and also emergency management, in particular on a practical level as a Fire and Emergency New Zealand volunteer for nearly 20 years. 

Gareth and his partner were born and bred in Tauranga and have both loved moving back home with their two primary school aged children.

Barbara Dempsey

Phone: 07 577 7000

Barbara has over 20 years’ experience in local government, 15 at general manager level, leading teams in Ruapehu, Opotiki, Whakatane, and Tauranga. 

Barbara’s role covers building consents, environmental health, liquor licensing, animal control, parking, general bylaws enforcement, resource consents and compliance with the Tauranga City Plan. 

Barbara has an emphasis on promoting an environment where our approach is about facilitation and enabling sustainable development, while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the community through implementation of the City Plan and various other legislation. She enjoys the diversity of the role, especially working with residents. 

Barbara and her husband moved to Tauranga earlier in 2019. They feel very welcomed by the community and are enjoying the Tauranga lifestyle.

The Organisation

Chief Executive: Marty Grenfell

General Manager: Infrastructure
Nic Johansson

City Waters

Sustainability & Waste

Asset Services



General Manager: Strategy and Growth
Christine Jones

Strategy & Corporate Planning

City & Infrastructure Planning

Smart Growth

Strategic Investment & Commercial Advisory

Economic Development

General Manager: Corporate Services
Paul Davidson

Digital Services - Operations

Digital Services - Planning

Digital Services - Delivery



Marine Precinct

Finances - Planning & Advice

Finances - Statutory Reporting & Taxation

Legal & Risk Services

Acting General Manager: People and Engagement
Tony Aitken

Human Resources

Customer Services

Takawaenga Māori Unit

Communications & Engagement

Democracy Services

General Manager: Community Services
Gareth Wallis

Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

CCO Relationships & Governance

City Events

Community Development


Mt Beachside Holiday Park


Spaces & Places

General Manager: Regulatory and Compliance
Barbara Dempsey

Building Services

Environmental Planning

Environmental Regulation

Emergency Management & Civil Defence

Last Reviewed: 12/01/2022

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