Councillor Kesh Naidoo-Rauf

Deputy Chair

Councillor Anna Casey-Cox


The Mayor and all Councillors


Two monthly


A majority of members (including vacancies)

The Community and Natural Environment Committee:

  • Provides direction on strategic priorities and resourcing for community infrastructure aligned to city’s overall development and oversight of strategic projects associated with those activities.
  • Develops policy, approves community-related strategies and plans, and monitors their implementation.
  • Receives and considers presentations and reports from stakeholders, government departments, organisations, and interest groups on community development and wellbeing issues and opportunities.
  • Monitors Hamilton’s social demographics and social climate to assess current and future impacts on the Council and Hamilton communities.
  • Monitors the performance of Hamilton’s civil defence and emergency management response against Council’s requirements under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act including:
    • implementation of Government requirements;
    • contractual service delivery arrangements with the Waikato Regional Group Emergency Management Office
  • Determines the funding priorities for the Community Grants Allocation Committees, in line with the Community Assistance Policy, Long Term Plan and Annual Plan.
  • Receives reports on the progress and performance of the City Investment Programme including the status of external funding applications at least six monthly.
  • Coordinates and makes decisions on proposals for the distribution of Council funding and funding provided to Council for public art, recreational and community facilities, and amenities.
  • Develops policy, approves, and monitors implementation of plans and strategies in relation to the performance of Council’s investments in the Domain Endowment Fund and strategic property.
  • Develops policy, approves strategies and plans for the sustainable use of Hamilton’s natural resources, and monitors their implementation as identified in this terms of reference.
  • Develops policy, approves strategies and plans for Council’s corporate environmental sustainability, and monitors their implementation.
  • Develops policy, approves strategies and plans for Council’s biodiversity, and monitors their implementation.

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Last updated 9 October 2023