Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel (EPAP)

Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel sounds like yet another big trough provided by the rate payer to me.  If you look into the sorts of Panels and Boards that are out there to advise and support on ethnic issues, you would be forgiven for thinking it is a rort.

Turns out that the requirement for an Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel is decreed by law.  It is requirement of the “Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 (section 86).”

You have to wonder what qualifies anyone to be on such a Panel.  Other than being, erm… ethnic?

In Auckland the panel members include

  • Dr Camille Nakhid (Chairperson)
  • Rev Amail Habib (Deputy chairperson)
  • Mr John Hong
  • Mrs Ann Pala QSM
  • Mr Jeet Suchdev QSM, JP
  • Miss Bevan Chuang
  • Mrs Sadiqa Hajee
  • Mr Kafeba P A Mundele
  • Mr Mr Kudakwashe Tuwe
  • Ms Susan Zhu
  • Mrs Asoka Basnayake (Media spokesperson)
  • Ms Grace Ryu

And this is what they are tasked with  

The panel identifies and communicates the interests and preferences of ethnic peoples in Auckland to the council, in relation to:

  • the content of the strategies, policies, plans and bylaws of the council
  • any matter that the panel considers to be of particular interest or concern to ethnic peoples of  Auckland
  • advising the Mayor, governing body and local boards of ways to engage with ethnic peoples and communities in Auckland.

Clear as mud?

Of course, the inaugural Super City Mistress, Bevan Chuang worked as part of this panel.  This is her profile:



But they have some heavy hitters on the panel like Jeet Suchdev, JP, QSM



An you have to admire anyone from Korea having such an impressive list of involvements



No people from North and South America, Baltic/Russian states or Europe on the Panel though.

Meet the rest of the panel here.



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