Media contacts

The contact details below are for journalists and other media professionals.

Auckland Council media contacts

Auckland Emergency Management

During an emergency response or civil defence emergency, the Public Information Management (PIM) duty phone will be activated. Please phone 021 837 176 to speak to the PIM duty manager.

At all other times, for general Auckland Emergency Management inquiries, please contact the Auckland Council media team.

Office of the Mayor

Director of Communications & External Relations
Mike Burgess
Phone: 021 823 936

Auckland Council media team

Please direct your media query to the contact listed below.

If you are unsure, or your query doesn't fit into one of the categories, please contact

If you have an emergency query between 5pm Friday and 8.30am Monday, phone the on-call number on 021 199 00 55.

Please note that only media queries relating to time-sensitive issues will be managed over the weekend and others will be responded to on Monday.

These contact details are for use by members of the media only. If you are a member of the public, please contact the Auckland Council call centre on 09 301 0101.

Michael Smith, Media Relations Manager

Phone: 021 538 940

Contact for:

  • Biosecurity & Biodiversity
  • Governance (including Advisory Panels)
  • Pools & Leisure

Kate Palmer, Senior Media Adviser

Phone: 021 721 465

Contact for:

  • Building Control
  • Climate Change
  • Engineering (including Coastal Management)
  • Healthy Waters (including Safeswim)
  • Planning
  • Resource Consents

Sam Baxter, Media Adviser

Phone: 021 718 665

Contact for:

  • Animal Management
  • Cemeteries
  • Environmental Health (including Food Grading)
  • Libraries
  • Licencing & Regulatory Compliance (including Bylaws and Noise Control)
  • Waste

Brendan Manning, Media Adviser

Phone: 021 806 370

Contact for:

  • Arts, Community & Events
  • Community Facilities
  • Finance (including Procurement, Treasury, Corporate Property and ICT)
  • Parks

CCO media contacts

Auckland Transport

Media Relations Manager
Mark Hannan
Phone: 021 817 995

Media Adviser - Public Transport
James Ireland
Phone: 021 531 051

Senior Media Adviser - Walking, Cycling and Road Safety
Joanna Glasswell
Phone: 021 907 642

Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Wally Thomas
Phone: 021 593 412

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

Screen, film, investment, tripartite and corporate enquiries
Lester Thorley
Phone: 021 829 741

Business growth, innovation, skills
Duncan Croft 
Phone: 021 827 046

Major events
Melanya Burrows
Phone; 021 986 710

Tourism, Auckland Convention Bureau, iSITEs
Anika Forsman
Phone: 022 026 1130

Panuku Development Auckland

Senior Communications and Marketing Adviser
Melanie Roberts
Phone: 022 370 1756

Regional Facilities Auckland

External relations director
Paul Brewer
Phone: 021 532 920

Watercare Services

Communications Manager
Ramari Young
Phone: 022 011 2836