WIN Northland: Whangarei District Council's New Civic Building Site Visit


Registration is only available for current members.

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WIN Northland is excited to invite you to join us for a site visit to Whangarei District Council's new civic building. It will be a fit-for-purpose building, designed to provide a welcoming, inclusive and easily accessible customer experience. The building is designed to be sustainable and to strongly reflect our cultural identity and heritage.

The building will be a central hub for local government-related activities, including democratic processes, customer services, administrative functions, council staff, and the Northland Transport Alliance staff.

The Civic Centre will house all 350 council staff, who are currently scattered through several buildings around the city, plus a council chamber which can be used for a public gallery and civil defence response. The building has been designed to accommodate a maximum of 470 staff.

The proposed building has been designed by Team Avery Architects (TAA). The building will have a height of 21m and a GFA of 7,774m², a building coverage of 2048.4m², and an impermeable surface coverage of 5,363m². This building sits on 78 piles where roughly 2kms of steel was driven into the ground. The building substructure itself is steel framed, with rib and infill flooring and suspended slabs. The cladding is a mixture of glazing, equitone panelling and green walls.

After function generously provided by hosts Canam Commercial, location to be determined.

Please RSVP by 2nd September. PPE is required for this site visit: safety boots, hivis & hardhat.

Presenter Details

Mayor Sheryl Mai

Mayor Sheryl Mai was born in Putaruru, a small town in New Zealand’s central North Island. She was raised and educated both there and in Rotorua before studying horticulture at Massey University. Sheryl also has qualifications in Adult Teaching and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

On moving to Whangarei 30 years ago, Sheryl immediately became involved in a wide range of community organisations. She was a Council Parks employee and has worked for a number of businesses in the city.

Sheryl was first elected to Whangarei District Council in 2004, which led to committee representation on more than ten arts, environmental, sporting and charitable community groups. She also has a strong interest and involvement in waste minimisation issues and organisations. 

Sheryl served two terms as a councillor before taking a break to travel overseas. On her return she contested and won the mayoralty of Whangarei in 2013. She is currently running for her third term.

With her husband, Mike, she lives in central Whangarei. Sheryl has a broad range of personal interests which include conservation, reading, movies, the arts, music and getting out into Whangarei’s wonderful natural environment.

Bronson Brown

My name is Bronson Brown, my job title is Northland Operations Manager for Canam Commercial Construction.

This means I oversee all projects North of Mangawhai all the way up to Cape Reinga.

Canam Northland currently have a staff compliment of 11 personnel, made up of the commercial, site and office departments.

Above my operations role, I’m currently Project Managing the Whangarei Civic Centre, with its value in the region of $50m.

My previous project, I was fortunate enough to run the entire construction of the Hundertwasser art centre, including the Gold dome- this I must say is one of the highlights of my construction career.

I am very blessed to reside here in Whangarei, I am a loving husband to a very special wife and a father to 3 beautiful children, 2 of which are twins.

In my spare time I spend most of my time with my family, I enjoy going to the gym, cross country running and I have been practising Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost 20 years, and still continue to train here in Whangarei.


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