ATA Organisation

The Auckland Transition Agency (ATA) was established by legislation in May  2009 and ceased to exist upon the establishment of the Auckland Council. Its role was to manage and oversee the transition process of amalgamating the eight current local authorities into one Auckland Council, and 20 to 30 Local Boards, by the time of the local body elections in October 2010.


The ATA was a statutory entity which existed until the establishment of the Auckland Council. During the transition period the former city, regional and distrcit councils in the Auckland area retained their responsibilities with decision-making constrained and monitored during the transition period by the ATA.







From left to right: Miriam Dean QC, John Waller, Mark Ford, Wayne Walden, John Law.

The Board of the ATA was announced by the Government in May 2009. Its members were:


Mark Ford, Executive Chairman

Chief Executive of Watercare Services Ltd since 1994 and Chairman of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) since 2007.  Previous roles have included Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Services Trust and the Chief Executive of NZ Forestry Corporation.


 Miriam Dean, QC

Extensive legal experience, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004.  An experienced mediator and arbitrator with strong governance experience.


 John Law

Extensive Auckland region local government experience, including seven years as Mayor of Rodney District Council (2001-07). 


 Wayne Walden

Experienced company director and manager, with extensive governance experience. Former Chair of Maori Television (2003-08).  Affiliated to Ngati Kahu and Tai Tokerau.


John Waller

Chartered accountant with change management expertise.  Chairman of the Bank of New Zealand and adviser on many successful restructurings.