• The Regulatory Reference Group (RRG) supports achievement of SOLGM's vision by promoting high standards of regulatory management, including the development of regulatory instruments and non-regulatory measures to achieve regulatory outcomes.
  • RRG shall contribute to this purpose by providing feedback to SOLGM officers in relation to regulatory work within the SOLGM work programme, including but not limited to;
    • the SOLGM legal compliance programme, and
    • input into advice to central government on regulatory policy development and implementation, and
    • SOLGM participation in the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-Reg)
    • Any other regulatory projects within the SOLGM work programme 


RRG will:

  • assist SOLGM officers to meet the needs of the sector for legal compliance advice and best practice guidance to meet regulatory requirements
  • assist SOLGM officers to meet the needs of the sector for improvement of leadership, culture, regulatory practice and workforce capability in regulatory organisations and systems
  • contribute to the development of SOLGM positions on issues relevant to regulatory management and policy
  • If there is doubt as to whether a particular issue falls within the scope of RRG, the Chief Executive of SOLGM shall make a binding decision.


RRG is accountable to the SOLGM Chief Executive and may not undertake any action not in accordance with these terms of reference without the approval of the Chief Executive.


The Chief Executive expects RRG to assist SOLGM officers to:

  • provide the Chief Executive with timely advice on issues that fall within its scope (as defined in paragraph 5. above)
  • develop sector responses on issues in response to changes in the regulatory policy and operational environment, or in anticipation of such developments.
  • identify good practice in local authority regulation and disseminate this to the local government sector
  • identify training and professional development needs relevant to local government regulation, and develop or commission programmes to meet those needs


In fulfilling its purpose and responsibilities, RRG may;

  • recommend that the SOLGM Chief Executive appoint working sub-groups to address one-off projects requiring specialist knowledge in addition to that held by the core members of the RRG; and
  • recommend to the Chief Executive  that no more than three specialist advisors be co-opted to any sub- for one-off projects.

In fulfilling its purpose and responsibilities, RRG must

  • ensure that its activities do not conflict with the policies and procedures of SOLGM
  • ensure that its advice meets any SOLGM standards for policy advice, and the professional requirements of finance professionals.


  • The SOLGM Chief Executive may, at her discretion, appoint the Chair of the RRG.  All other RRG members will be appointed or removed by the Chief Executive.  Any vacancy on RRG may only be filled by the Chief Executive having first called for nominations from amongst the membership of SOLGM
  • Members of RRG must be a full member of SOLGM.  Members of any Sub-group need not be members of SOLGM.  The appointment of members from outside the sector to a subcommittee will require the approval of the Chief Executive of SOLGM or her nominee  

Review of Terms of Reference

  • RRG will review these Terms of Reference not less than once every three years. At this time it may make recommendations to the Chief Executive that it considers will ensure RRG can effectively achieve its purpose
  • The Chief Executive may review these Terms of Reference at any time

Current Members


Shayne Harris, General Manager- Corporate and Regulatory - Manawatu District Council


Simon Pickford, General Manager, Community Services - Dunedin City Council

Sally Grey, Manager, Weathertightness and Compliance - Auckland Council

Leonie Rae, General Manager, Consenting and Compliance - Christchurch City Council

Karel Boakes, Regulatory Manager - Manawatu District Council

Alex Miller, Compliance Manager - Primary Industry & Enforcement - Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Paul Cooper, Regulatory and Compliance Group Manager - Waimate District Council