Otago Local Advisory Committee

Otago Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.

We're recruiting members for Otago LAC

Read more about the members of the Otago Local Advisory Committee.


Brenden is the Manager of the Residential Red Zone for the Christchurch City Council. He was previously with Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority, then Land Information New Zealand overseeing remediation efforts for the Christchurch Red Zone Cordon and Port Hills – New Zealand’s largest and most technically-complex residential demolition programme. Brenden has also been the Emergency Management Officer for Queenstown Lakes District Council.
HELEN ALGAR (Deputy Chair)
Helen is the Community Development Facilitator for Waitaki District Council and Director and Deputy Chair of Waitaki District Health Services. She is also an Executive Committee Member for Waitaki Multicultural Council and on the Board of Age Concern Otago. Previously Helen was on the CCS Disability Action National Board and the Otago and Southern District Health Boards. Helen received the Queen's Service Medal in 2008 for services to health and disability issues. She was appointed an ambassador for White Ribbon New Zealand in June 2018.
Aaron, a 2017 recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award for Public Sector / Community Leadership, is currently Director Southern South Island for Department of Conservation. Prior to this, he was Director National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Based in Cromwell, Des works with a consulting company that has connections throughout New Zealand’s Forestry sector. He is a life member of the Mataura Rugby Club, previous Chairman of Southern Rural Fire Authority and New Zealand Chairman of Enlarged Rural Fire District. Des was awarded a MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his services to Fire and Emergency.


Hilary recently served as Councillor for Clutha District Council and is committed to many organisations in the community including Owaka Going Forward, Catlins Coast, Catlins Medical Centre, Catlins Promotions, and others. She has previously held the role of Chair of Telford Farm Board of Management, Farm Board representative of Telford Rural polytechnic, President of NZ Coopworth Sheep Breeders Society and President of Rural Women New Zealand, South Otago and Otago.


Mandy is Deputy Chair of Keep Dunedin Beautiful and holds roles in many community groups. She is an events coordinator and currently working with Civil Defence and Red Cross to organise emergency training in the community. Mandy is also an elected member of Waikouaiti Coast Community Board.
Megan is the Director of Communications for University of Otago and holds a role on the Incident Management and Pandemic Planning group for the University. Previously she had roles on the Medical Council of New Zealand, worked with British Airways in London and Presbyterian Support Otago. Megan grew up in South Otago and has lived in Dunedin for over 20 years.
Michelle is the Tumuaki of Te Huka Matauraka at the University of Otago and works across multiple committees as well as being an active hapū member of her rūnanga. Previously she was the Manager of Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and is director and owner of a fishing company. Michelle has served on many boards and committees and is known in the area for her support across the community, including her role in the Emergency Response Otago team.
Neil is currently Deputy Mayor for Central Otago District Council. He is also a Community Relations Project Manager with Contact Energy, and Chief Fire Officer with the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The map below shows the area that the Otago LAC covers (shown in dark blue).