University Council

Council, 05.10.2020 livestream

The University's governing body is Council and its membership consists of a mixture of elected staff, student, alumnus and external appointees. The Vice-Chancellor, the University's chief academic and administrative officer, is also a member.
Council is chaired by the Chancellor who is a lay member of the Council.

The functions, duties and powers of the Council are prescribed in the Education Act 1989, sections 180,181 and 193.

The functions of Council include the following:

  • to appoint a chief executive in accordance with the State Sector Act 1988, and to monitor and evaluate his or her performance
  • to prepare and submit a proposed plan if the institution is seeking funding under a funding mechanism that provides for funding via plans
  • if the institution has a plan,to ensure that the institution is managed in
    accordance with that plan and to determine policies to implement that plan
  •  to determine, subject to the State Sector Act 1988, the policies of the institution in relation to the management of its affairs
  • to undertake planning relating to the institution’s long-term strategic direction.

Constitution of Council membership

From 1 January 2020 the composition of Council is as follows:

  • Four persons appointed by the relevant Minister.
  • One person, being Māori and able to advise Council on issues relevant to Māori, appointed by Council following a call for expressions of interest from iwi and other Māori individuals or groups.
  • The Vice-Chancellor by virtue of his/her holding office as the chief executive officer of the University of Auckland.
  • One person being a permanent member of the academic staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff.
  • One person being a permanent member of the professional staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff.
  • One person being an enrolled student of the University elected by the students of the University.
  • One person being an alumnus of the University of Auckland appointed by Council following a call for expressions of interest from alumni.
  • Two persons able to provide skills specified by Council to be appointed by the University of Auckland Council following a call for expressions of interest.  

Council members and term of office

Officers of Council Holds office until
Mr S St John, Chancellor 31.12.2020
Ms C Tarrant, Pro-Chancellor 31.12.2020
Professor D Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor Ex-officio
Appointed by the Minister Holds office until
Mr M Daniell 25.02.22
Ms C Quinn 25.02.24
Ms R Newsome 31.03.23
Dr R Prasad 25.02.24
Māori Member Holds office until
Mr J Paitai 31.12.23
Elected Academic Staff Member Holds office until
Professor J Curtin 31.12.23
Elected Professional Staff Member Holds office until
Ms C Dunphy 31.12.23
Elected Student Member Holds office until
Mr J Wang 31.10.21
Alumnus of the University of Auckland Holds office until
Ms C Tarrant 31.12.20
Skills-based Appointees Holds office until
Ms J Dawson 31.12.23
Mr S St John 31.12.23

Appointments to the University of Auckland Council

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Committee Secretary

Mrs W Verschaeren
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Schedule of meetings

Date Time
16.03.2020 4.00pm
29.04.2020 4.00pm
08.06.2020 4.00pm
27.07.2020 4.00pm
05.10.2020 4.00pm
09.12.2020 4.00pm

Agenda and minutes

Committees reporting to Council