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The Commissioners

Brendan DuffyBrendan J Duffy ONZM, JP (Chair)

Brendan was appointed as a temporary member of the Commission in March 2017 and as a full member in June 2018.

He was Vice President of Local Government New Zealand for 3 years and chair of its Rural Provincial Sector for 6 years.

Brendan was first elected as a member of the Horowhenua District Council in 1995 and served as Mayor of Horowhenua from 2004 to 2016. 

Currently he is also Deputy Chair of the Mid Central DHB, a board member of MITO (an industrial training organisation) and a trustee of the Electra Trust.


Janie Annear ONZM

Janie Annear

Janie was appointed as a temporary member of the Commission in April 2014 and as a full member in July 2014.

Janie was first elected as a member of the Timaru District Council in 1995 and then served as Mayor of Timaru from 2004 to 2013. 

She has experience across a wide range of private sector, local government and central government roles. 

Currently she is also deputy chair of the Ara Institute of Canterbury Council.


Sue Piper

Sue Piper

Sue was appointed to the Commission in September 2019. She had previously been a member of the Commission from 2005 to 2011.

She was a member of the Wellington City Council from 1995 to 2004, a member of Local Government New Zealand’s National Council and has served in a number of other roles including President of the New Zealand Public Service Association.

She is also currently a trustee of Football for the Community Development Trust.



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