Hamilton is a city on the rise. People want to live, work, play and do business here, and the city’s Gross Domestic Product has been above the New Zealand average since 2017. 

The Economic Development Committee provides oversight for the city’s economic agenda and for investment opportunities consistent with Council’s vision.


Councillor Ryan Hamilton

Deputy Chair

Councillor Ewan Wilson


Deputy Mayor Geoff Taylor

Councillor Martin Gallagher

Councillor Rob Pascoe

Councillor Maxine van Oosten

Councillor Mark Donovan

Mayor Paula Southgate (ex officio)

Maangai Maaori Olly Te Ua and Te Pora Thompson-Evans​


As required, but at least four times a year


A majority of members (including vacancies)


The Economic Development Committee:

  • drives and enhances Hamilton’s economic position by actively promoting the city
  • promotes investment and attraction of business opportunities in the wider Waikato region
  • provides advice on strategic economic initiatives 
  • reviews and monitors the city’s Economic Development Agenda
  • considers funding for Business Improvement District(s), Hamilton and Waikato Tourism and Te Waka through the Long-Term Plan process
  • monitors the performance of Council’s major event venues operation (H3)
  • approves annual event sponsorship funding applications
  • makes recommendations to Council on the purchase, sale or lease of properties owned by Council or its endowment funds.
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Last updated 15 June 2022