Consumer Advisory Panel

Consumer Advisory Panel - Vision

Transpower established its Consumer Advisory Panel in 2018 to create a forum for ongoing dialogue with representatives of our diverse consumer base.

Value statement 

We believe that a creating a Consumer Advisory Panel will build closer ties with our communities, grow our levels of trust, and help us be more future-focused and inclusive. We are committed to this engagement being open and honest, and above all being meaningful so that it causes us to change the way we do some things.

Our objectives 

  • Strengthen Transpower’s connection and trust with our consumers
  • Seek and listen to alternate views on our expenditure, operating processes and service priorities, and
  • Gain an understanding of consumers’ long-term interests and better integrate these into our business planning.

Our Consumer Advisory Panel  

We have established a Consumer Advisory Panel to better understand the needs, issues and opportunities for New Zealanders as the country considers the implications of transitioning to a low-carbon economy. 

The Panel will bring together a broad and diverse group of people who represent all aspects of society, including those on lower incomes. It will act as an independent advisory body providing Transpower with advice on a range of issues and opportunities.

Panel members represent Community Networks Aotearoa, Rural Women NZ, Generation Zero, iwi, Economic Development NZ, Business NZ Energy Council, and Consumer NZ.  


Name Organisation
Ros Rice CEO, Community Networks Aotearoa
Fiona Gower National President, Rural Women NZ
Luke Schwartfeger Generation Zero
Hinemaua Rikirangi Independent Māori perspective
Justine Gilliland Board Member, Economic Development NZ
Tina Schirr Executive Director, BusinessNZ Energy Council
Dr. Paul Smith Head of Product Testing, Consumer NZ
Stephanie Clare Chief Executive, Age Concern NZ
Marilyn Hunt Independent Facilitator

Our engagement promiseOur Engagement Promise diagram

Read more about our engagement promise [ pdf 185.07 KB ] to those on our Consumer Advisory Panel.






Meeting calendar

Location 2020 meeting dates
Waikoukou - 22 Boulcott St, Wellington, 6011






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