Applications for members of the Auckland council rainbow advisory panel has now opened.

The panel will give advice on issues of significance and help the council talk with Auckland’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.

The panel was formed after a report presented to the council highlighted that GLBT people continue to experience discrimination, high levels of addictions, mental health issues and suicide.


Applicants, who must be permanent New Zealand residents and live in Auckland, will be assessed on how they demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Ability to think strategically and critically on issues and trends specific to their area of interest
2. Knowledge of the main issues for Rainbow communities, as well expertise in one or more issues of particular relevance/significance for those communities
3. Sound understanding of community perspectives, dynamics, key organisations and networks
4. Experience of a governance and advisory role.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel comprising Councillor Casey, a senior council manager, and three members of the community with appropriate expertise.

Applications are open from 9 June 2015 to 24 June 2015.

Application forms are available online from and from council libraries and customer service centres.

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