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Gisborne District Council local body elections

42 nominations received in the 2022 local body elections for Gisborne District Council.

As there are (for each office) more candidates than there are vacancies to be filled, an election will be held between the listed candidates on Saturday 8 October 2022 under the single transferable voting electoral system by postal vote.

Order of candidate names

The Gisborne District Council has resolved under regulation 31 of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 to adopt the random order of candidate names to appear on the voting documents. See the public notice

Candidate profiles

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Mayor - 1 vacancy elected at large
Tairāwhiti General Ward - 8 vacancies for councillors
Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - 5 vacancies for councillors
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Candidates for Mayor

1 vacancy voted at large

Colin Alder

Candidate for Mayor

Colin Alder

My principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area. I am also standing for Tairāwhiti General Ward.
I feel compelled to put myself forward for the position of Mayor as I am not happy with the way ratepayers are being fobbed off with marketing spin and rhetoric from those charged with running our assets.
As Mayor I will stand against the sale of our electricity network a crucial asset in an ever increasingly electrified world. The regions assets our assets are increasingly being removed from direct council control. All well and good when the management of these assets have our best interests at heart.
But when we see what we see top heavy management costs, increasing debt, bad investment decisions, selling key foundational assets and blatant disregard for the consultative process. I feel it is time to stand.
I value honesty, integrity and plain speaking. I will not be fobbed off with expensive new speak words put together by p.r. agents charged with masking hard facts.

Darin Brown

Candidate for Mayor

Darin Brown

My principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area. I am also standing for Tairāwhiti Māori Ward.
I come from two strong farming families and spent much of my younger years developing all the knowledge and skills required for this industry. I have also spent two decades working in the horticultural and agricultural industries, including fertilizer production, forestry, and log marshalling at the Eastland Port. I have used my grassroots knowledge and experience to mentor at-risk youth so they too can thrive within the industries our province is most well known for. Today, I have my own small concreting business. Once elected, one of my main objectives is to support and protect our local workforce across all sectors.
I am well aware of the challenges our rural and urban communities are facing and want to help them find solutions to overcome these challenges. We must improve the consultation process because it has become clear that the increasing pressure from central government has influenced local decision-making unduly.

Rehette Stoltz

Candidate for Mayor

Rehette Stoltz

My principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area.
Thank you for the honour of serving as your Mayor.  It's been a huge challenge to lead the Council through a global pandemic and economic uncertainty while facing the climate crisis.  We have managed so far by working together as a team for the benefit of our community, but there is more to do.
Over this time you've seen my business skills, education and hardworking, inclusive approach in action.  You've seen 100%of my focus on my role as your mayor.  A vote for me will ensure a focus on facing climate change, caring for our environment, improving our regional infrastructure and ensuring that our economic recovery reaches all corners of our community.  I want to continue my work for you over the next three years.  To vote for our shared future and an inclusive approach to leadership vote Rehette Stoltz for Mayor.

E ngā whanāu katoa o te Tairāwhiti, tēnā koutou katoa. Tēnā koutou i tō koutou whakaae ko ahau hei Mea, te Manukura o to Kaunihera o te Tairāwhiti. Nōku te honore, te whiwhi nui. Ko taku hiahia, ko te whai tonu i ngā kaupapa matua o te Kaunihera hei painga mo te rohe. Ko te taiki taiao, te whakariterite mō te huringā hurirangi, te huringa ao tēnā, hei āpōpō mā tātau, ko te whakatikatika hangahanga tēnā, hei painga mō te hapori, ko te whakaora ōhanga tērā, hei hāpai i ngā whānau i te taumahatanga o te pōharatanga. Kua kitewa kētia koutou i aku pukenga pākihi me aku wheako kotoa hei āwhina ki a tātau o te Tairāwhiti. Ko te mahi ngātahi te mahi tika. Ki ahau. Ka hiahia tonu ahau te tuku tuku katoa ki tēnei mahi. Na reira, tukuna mai tō pooti Mea ki ahau.

Rhonda Tibble

Candidate for Mayor

Rhonda TIBBLE

My principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area. I am also standing for Tairāwhiti Māori Ward.
I am standing to offer a Tangata Whenua Mayor choice. Our issues are complex infrastructure, RMA regulation, climate crisis weather events, road ruptures and water wars.
As an indigenous female, I offer a whole new logic model to the role promoting whānau, whānaunga, whāngaungatanga and relationship!
Our diverse communities will expect much. The Tairawhiti District Plan 2021 - 2031 has already set the parameters of play for incoming council members.
Steady stewardship will be required that can maximise a growth mindset within the limits of available resources.
As Bicultural consultant, Mātauranga Māori Architect my work between diverse cultures and cultural paradigms will be very useful.
This election brings a new look to the council table with the promise of increased access, equity and harmony for the flourishing of our district.

He whiringa Koromatua Tangata Whenua ahau.
He whīwhiwhi ngā hanganga kaupapa kaunihera, ngā ture RMA, te āhuarangi, ngā rori pōharu, me ngā pakanga wai.
He wahine taketake au, he hinengaro kupenga hou hei akiaki I te whanāu, I ngā whānaunga, I te whānaungatanga!
He nui ngā hiahia a ngā hāpori rerekē.
Kua oti kē te Tairawhiti District Plan 2021-2031 te hanga me ona rautaki mo te kaunihera hou e whakaeke mai nei. Whakapūmautia te kaitiakitanga mā konā ka nui atu te whakaaro I roto I te itinga o ngā rawa.
He Pou Tikangarua, Whakahoahoa Hangahanga Mātauranga Māori ahau e mahi ana I waenga ngā tirohanga ao rerekē hei whakatau I ngā tauira ahurea he pūkenga ngākau pono nōku. Ko te pōtitanga nei ka kawea mai I te tirohanga hou ki te tepu kaunihera ka tarea te whakauru, te whakaōrite, te whakaōrua kia eke te taurikura o te rohe.

Candidates for Tairāwhiti General Ward

8 vacancies for councillors

Meredith Akuhata-Brown

Independent

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Meredith AKUHATA-BROWN

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
"Tairawhiti rising" continues to be my vision for our place as I believe there is a tipping point of change that requires fearless and optimistic leadership. I want to continue to serve my region as a Gisborne District Councillor as I have gained so much experience and knowledge about Tairawhiti. My passion continues and I am a vocal local. My tenacity and resolve to push for more transparency and accountability from Council is something I have a reputation for, I believe it is important to challenge systems but also consider the opportunities and influence conversations to move into actions.
I have more to give to this role and believe now is the time to do what is right for our environment, economy and everyone that loves, lives works, and plays in our paradise.
If you are new to Tairawhiti kia ora, nau mai haere mai.

Colin Alder

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Colin ALDER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area. I am also standing for Mayor.
My background is in horticulture. I have a degree from Massey University, and have farmed for over 40 years at Manutuke where I also went to school.
I have experience in governance: chairman of Gisborne Fruit Pac, been on many grower committees and Treasurer for Manutuke School B.O.T.
I survived farming through the 80s when interest rates hit high double figures.
Hard work, efficiency, cash flow and cutting unnecessary costs are some of the keys to survival and prosperity. As a region we need some strong, assertive leadership and less head nodding to deal with the spin coming from organisations such as trust Tairäwhiti and the Wellington politicians and bureaucrats.
I have 3 of my 5 children living in Gisborne and all 5 grandchildren. I have skin in the game, recently semi-retired having sold my intensive organic orchard, I have time to dedicate to our most precious home, Tairāwhiti.

Jen Brown

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Jen BROWN

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
My name is Jen Brown. I am a wife, mother, and educator. I was born and raised in the beautiful Tairāwhiti. I lived in Australia and China for a number of years before returning home to raise a family.
I am known to be proactive on local matters. I have a good understanding of local issues, people's concerns, challenges, and aspirations.
It has become clear that some local decisions have been made with little to no community consultation and often without transparency or accountability. This needs to change.
Today, central government overly influences local decision-making and at times completely removes it. Public consultation, in the form of debate and referendum, will ensure our voices are heard at both local and national levels.
I will represent you and champion your voice to ensure that our community thrives and flourishes, and that our local government is responsive and accountable to you.

Moera Brown

Independent

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Moera BROWN

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
I am excited about this year's Council Elections. This election cycle we will take a significant step towards having a fairer representation of our community 53% of whom are Maori.  I am a strong believer in ensuring the voice of those we are working for are listen to and their knowledge and experience are considered when decisions are made about issues that will affect them.  I also strongly believe that local problems and dreams have local solutions.  Councils are under siege from Central government on a variety of fronts and this will impact on how they deliver to our community.  I do not believe in sitting on the side-line being an armchair critic and so I am putting my name forward for council. I have strong governance skill sets that I have developed in my various governance roles and I love this place that I am proud to call home.

Andy Cranston

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Andy CRANSTON

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
This is a crucial time for our region. Complexity and change is being thrust upon us from seemingly every quarter. The role of a councillor has become even more involved and requires significantly more availability and commitment. The detail of full oversight of the elements of our regional growth, development and security is huge. It's a serious and worthy responsibility. As an experienced councillor I understand the role and responsibility. I put my name forward again with full awareness of my obligation to hear and understand your expectations. I will continue to work on our shared vision to constantly improve our place for all those who follow. I am available to serve our community with the exemplary work ethic expected. With the significant changes we must retain some experience and balanced representation. Collaboration is our future and as a crucial cog in that wheel, vote Andy Cranston number 1.

Ben Florance

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Ben FLORANCE

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
I am a locally born and raised Gisbornite, home schooled and thrived with my desire to learn and grow. Attended Lytton High for my senior years and then joined the military for four years. Adventure had to be a large part of my working life, so I became an industrial abseiler. A career which I love and still do on occasions, alongside my small local painting company. I'm an active member of our community and volunteer with Search and Rescue and compete in the National Rifle Association.
I feel many views are that the GDC is overspending on unnecessary projects while neglecting the maintenance of our basic infrastructure and assets, so evident in our roads.
I want our Council to genuinely advocate and be responsive to the real needs in this community.
And I believe I have the practical skills and knowledge to deliver for all the people of Tairawhiti.

Larry Keith Foster

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Larry Keith FOSTER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
It's been such a privilege to have served our community as a District Councillor since 2013. I really enjoy my role and take my position around the Council table very seriously. I am totally committed and plan my life around my Councillor responsibilities.
I come from a business background, having owned and managed with my wife Leigh, retail and manufacturing businesses in Gisborne and out of town. Leigh and my daughters still run a very successful retail business in our CBD. I am now semi-retired and have a very strong focus on my fitness and health as well as a dedicated community spirit.
I am a certified RMA Hearings Commissioner and believe experience is going to have an important role in this election. There is going to be so many new Councillors making up the next Council so I would love to be able to provide that experience if re-elected.

Debbie Gregory

Independent

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Debbie GREGORY

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
A former journalist and chief reporter, I was elected to council in 2019.
Born and raised here, I love this place.  I'm a 56 year old mother of four adult children and nana to one.
My life experience and 15 years reporting on rural and urban challenges and successes, give me a great knowledge base for council.
Politics is in my blood - my grandmother Frances Gregory was the first woman councillor on Gisborne City Council, elected in 1962.  My work freelance writing gives me flexibility and time to be a councillor.
I stand for common sense, commitment and integrity.  This term I have had wins helping ratepayers navigate problems and enjoyed early steps toward co-governance to honour the Treaty of Waitangi.
I always show up prepared and have learned so much.  Ultimately, my aim is to help make Tairawhiti a better place for all who live here.

Peter Jones

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Peter JONES

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Former forestry contractor and father of four, I bring practical experience and deep understanding to make sure that local government stays local and that we tell central government that what happens here on the East Coast will be decided by locals.
I see through the language of wellbeing and diversity and the tyranny of the climate change agenda and I promise to promote regional prosperity and christian values instead.  I want to see cheap power securely available to all and that means questioning the selection process of the trustees who have committed us to $100M of wellbeing investments.
If you aren't happy with Trust Tairawhiti and can smell democracy burning I'm your man.  It may be too little too late but I will do my best to work with the new Maori councillors in a harmonious fashion to fend off central government and build a better future for our grandchildren.

Tina Karaitiana

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Tina KARAITIANA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
If you are seeking a community leader who understands the issues facing our community then VOTE Tina Karaitiana #1. Born and bred in Tairawhiti, I am standing for the GENERAL WARD. I am under no illusion that the issues confronting our community are challenging and the ability to work collectively and collaboratively to identify positive solutions is critical. This requires councillors who are, committed, loyal, responsible and transparent with their actions and deliberations for the community they serve. People who understand due diligence behaviours and apply considered and informed responses to decision making. I possess these skills and competencies and the right attitude to be your General Ward Councillor, and do it well.
Maintaining essential infrastructure, rates, rural issues and water are immediate priorities. You have my assurance that if successful, I will voice your concerns on these important matters as your VOICE FOR ALL advocate.

Rachel Lodewyk

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Rachel LODEWYK

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Are you raising a family? Are you proud of Tairawhiti?
I'm Rachel Lodewyk and I will represent you with heart, honesty and a passion for equality This is my home, our home and it is full of potential. I have passionately sought to make the opportunities and privileges of our region accessible to all. Our rivers and beaches, our public spaces, the way our businesses adapt to the changing climate are all connected to how we collectively contribute to our environment. As a councillor this would be a priority for me. We work hard for our families and region. So I want the mahi to be reflected in the community we wish to build, weary of waste and frivolity.  
I will work hard to be a kaitiaki of our environment, our people, and our future.

Alistar Malcolm McKellow

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Alistar Malcolm MCKELLOW

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Gisborne resident since 1976
Veterinarian: Palmerston Road Vet Clinic 1976-2004; Vet Ent 2004-5; SPCA Mobile Vet Clinic 2006-2016 (Nationwide); Farmlands 2022.
Believe in: The need for both a rural and urban perspective on the new council; Open governance; Fiscal responsibility. Attributes: Impartial; Commitment; Communication; Strategic thinking and decision making; Able to build relationships.

Gareth Mill

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Gareth MILL

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
My place of residence is here in Gisborne, where I was born and raised. I have successfully established and ran a local business for the past 11 years. I also have a background in farming our East Coast Region.
How is our community going to benefit from the 80.9 million the Council will collect in rates? I am seeking your support because I believe our community needs independence and action from a new generation of public representatives. I will strive to see our local assets are retained. I will do everything I can to see your money is allocated where it will benefit our people the most.
It is vital that the best possible decisions are made over the next three years to see Gisborne and East Coast area thrive. I will remain your independent advocate, working with you to keep our community voice at the core of council decision-making.

Hine Moeke-Murray

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Hine MOEKE-MURRAY

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Ko Hine Moeke-Murray awau no Ngati Porou nui tonu.
Tairawhiti reminds us we have much to be thankful for, especially, our scenic visionary beauty and wealth. However, it takes more than this to make a strong, healthy sustainable community. My focus will be: Positive and equitable Road and Accessibility for our rural communities; Positive and equitable Housing Solutions; Positive and equitable Water Solutions; Positive and equitable Health Outcomes.
Healthy environments and conditions builds healthy communities and people.
Chief Executive of a local Organisation experienced in National, Regional and Local Governance, Strategic Planning and Implementation and proven community development, community led partnerships and currently leading the Takatu Covid Hub the Takatu Winter Wellness, Tairawhiti Responses. Masters in Indigenous Studies and PhD candidate.
It's time to be deliberate, engage and enact equity, be accountable and build sustainable futures for healthy whanau. Kia ae ki te korero kia korero ki te ae - say what you mean and mean what you say.

Frank Murphy

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Frank MURPHY

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
After liveing at Motu for many years, owning a house in Gisborne for the past 21 years and now permantly reciding in the city for the past 3 years I can stradle both sides of the rural/city fence.
But I wont sit on the fence?
I will say what needs to be said, and vote accordingly. I will be a councilor for the rate payer and resident.

Leighton Packer

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Leighton PACKER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Im a daughter, wife, mother, Grandmother, Business Women, A Church leader and a Concern citizen of Gisborne. I grew up in Whatatutu then moved to Nuhiti Station, Anaura Bay.
Me and my husband have Volunteered our services to Gisborne, to serve our Community. We have advocated for Suicide awareness. Helped people into Employment, Provided Food parcels etc. Some may ask why. Its because we love Our Community
If elected I really want to speak up for families that are in emergency housing. Standing up against the 3 waters. The Monitoring of the water table and levels.
The prevention of Forrestry slash. Why does it take so long for Council Consent to build houses.
Questioning the state of the Roads. Mental Health and health services. I also want to support small businesses and help our farmers with unworkable regulations, and much More.

Mike Page

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Mike PAGE

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
55 years old single father with 2 sons
39 years in the forest and logging industry including 15 years in South-East Asia
Gisborne business owner that's been financially impacted by the NZ Govt response to covid-19
I'm running for council because I want to see our region prosper and develop our potential
With our current economic climate I want to ensure money is directed at priorities and investment directed at growing our region commercially and socially.
I'm interested in protecting our land and water values for future generations.
Our Tairawhiti region is often overlooked when it comes to funding avenues and opportunities and I'd like to help pursue our fair share.
I want to ensure our council is proactive, responsible and accountable to all sections of our wide spread community.
I'm not a career politician, but I'll push my values and fight for the things that enhance our unique region.

Dennis Patrick Pennefather

Independent

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Dennis Patrick PENNEFATHER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Dennis is an ex-policeman who policed firm but fairly in Gisborne-Tairawhiti for 9 years in total. Experience in local governance includes being elected to CHB Power Consumers Trust and standing for Mayor in CHB.  Stood for Parliament and made a good showing in Tukituki Electorate, had 16 years as a Community Trust Worker for people with disabilities in Waipukurau and Te Awamutu.  Dennis stands for maintaining our core services and pursuing community goals which in the current health and economic situation must be needs rather than wants.  He sees the need to keep rate rises to a level befitting the state of austerity which our general economy demands at present.  We can only move forward if we take all our constituents with us.

Charlie Reynolds

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Charlie REYNOLDS

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
I stand for rural communities and for Tairawhiti. With impending legislative changes it is important the council has people who have the knowledge and experience around the table to make informed, appropriate and workable decisions for the region.
I have acquired both knowledge and experience through my time involved with Federated Farmers.  I understand policy but more importantly, I have learnt to identify upcoming issues and how to work with a team to get the right thing done, in the right time frame.
Being a rural business owner, I understand that quality, well maintained roading is key to the economy of our region. Regular maintenance and timely response to roading issues is critical to our success.
I understand the importance of infrastructure and the effects small changes in policy can make.  I have a listening ear and want to bring real issues to the table with a best outcome result.

Tony Robinson

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Tony ROBINSON

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
I am 51 years old, born and raised in Kaiti.  I have lived and travelled overseas extensively.
I have a degree in Japanese and a law degree. With 22 years of practicing law I have a deep understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, conflict resolution and the challenges people face on a daily basis.  I have helped thousands resolve a broad range of personal, social and commercial issues.
During my first term in Council I fought hard for better outcomes for the people and businesses in Tairawhiti and for real climate change responsiveness.  If re-elected I will continue to advocate for greater fiscal responsibility and transparency.  I will continue to bring integrity, frugality and attention to detail in addressing the many challenges faced by our people and region.
I am a straight talking, forward thinking, down to earth person who respects and values all people.
vote 1 for Tony Robinson.

Tena kotuou katoa
Ko Titirangi te maunga e rū nei taku ngākau.  Ko Waimata te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara. He tauiwi nō kōnei awau. Ko Tony Robinson tāku ingoa.
Ko Gary raua ko Raewyn Robinson ōku mātua.  Ko Max raua ko Hugo aku tama.
E 51 taku pakeke.  I whanau mai au i Turanga, a i tipu hoki. Hiahia ana au ki te tautoko inga wawata o nga whanau, nga hapu, nga iwi o Te Tairawhiti.
Nga Mihinui
Tony

Rob Telfer

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Rob TELFER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
If elected, I will focus on moving our district forward by having a council that puts the customer first and developing a culture of saying 'how can we make this happen?'
We have four major issues facing our district: roading, water management, economic development, and a vision and plan to move our district forward.  We need a council that attracts companies and people to Gisborne that support business. Coming from a rural background where I developed the Waipaoa Cadet Training Trust and operated it for 13 years, as well as being appointed to the Gisborne Holdings Company for nine years, I feel I have both the business and community background to add significant value to council and our region. I am a solution-focused person and have a strong drive to make things happen and drive accountability within the council.

Teddy Thompson

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Teddy THOMPSON

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
I am standing for Council to help our village and preserve our little piece of paradise for generations to come.  With a family of my own, including three children, playing an active role in seeing the region thrive for future generations is the main reason I am running for Council.
The Gisborne outdoors, beaches and everything the whenua has to offer is what I have spent my life enjoying.  I am proud to be 4th generation Gisborne born and bred, with all my extended family still residing here.  
I spent 6 years working for Gisborne District Council, the last 3 as Roading Network Manager.  I understand the ongoing challenges our region faces.
My experience in multiple industries, ranging from Police, finance, construction and civil roading work, would bring a very diverse skill set to the role of councillor, but most importantly passion for our community.

Julian Tilley

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Julian TILLEY

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
If elected, I will focus on a council that drives outcomes for our region. We need to develop a clear vision for our district that includes all. We must create a culture at council where we hold each other accountable and deliver significant value to our communities. Roading and water continue to be a substantial concern, and we need more investment from the government to ensure our roads are safe for our communities to travel on. Being born in Te Puia Spring and living in Tokomaru Bay for my early life before moving to Gisborne gives me a tie to the whole region. I'm passionate about our region and will work hard to make it to the best it can be. I have held community and business roles in my career and will use these skills to achieve excellent outcomes for our rural and urban communities.

Jordan Walker

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Jordan WALKER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
Jordan Walker is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Te Rangi and Pākehā descent. Raised in Gisborne from age 4, Jordan grew up in Waikirikiri and Elgin. Raised by a single Mum of four babies, Jordan is passionate about supporting whānau from low decile areas.
A true believer in the power of the Arts, Jordan is a Line Producer for the Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival - their mahi focuses on community activation and making the arts accessible to everyone in Te Tairāwhiti. Jordan is also currently doing research with Massey University (Social Anthropology) to help understand the identifiable value of the arts on local communities.
After living in Wellington, Auckland, and Adelaide - Jordan has been home since 2020 and looks to bring their experience living and working away and a fresh perspective to Council to ensure that we have fair representation, and that marginalised voices will be heard.

Josh Wharehinga

Tairāwhiti General Ward - electing 8 councillors

Josh WHAREHINGA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti General Ward area.
We, the entire East Coast, all want a vibrant and healthy Tairāwhiti. Whether you're from Waipiro or Wainui, Kaiti or Te Karaka, we all want an energetic, strong and resilient community.  We all want a voice.  We all want to be heard.
My priority has and always will be to listen to the people of my region, especially those most affected.
My top council priority will be roads and climate change. Transport connectivity is essential for our regional livelihood. Jobs, business, school buses, healthcare.  All of it hinges on our transport network.  Our infrastructure must be agile in the face of climate change.
Being the Deputy Mayor this past term has been an honour.  I'm proven, smart and reliable.  I've worked hard and would like to continue to serve the community for the coming term.
For more information, please visit my website
www.josh.org.nz

Candidates for Tairāwhiti Māori Ward

5 vacancies for councillors

Darin Brown

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Darin BROWN

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area. I am also standing for Mayor.
I come from two strong farming families and spent much of my younger years developing all the knowledge and skills required for this industry. I have also spent two decades working in the horticultural and agricultural industries, including fertilizer production, forestry, and log marshalling at the Eastland Port. I have used my grassroots knowledge and experience to mentor at-risk youth so they too can thrive within the industries our province is most well known for. Today, I have my own small concreting business. Once elected, one of my main objectives is to support and protect our local workforce across all sectors.
I am well aware of the challenges our rural and urban communities are facing and want to help them find solutions to overcome these challenges. We must improve the consultation process because it has become clear that the increasing pressure from central government has influenced local decision-making unduly.

Athena Emmerson

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Athena EMMERSON

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Ko Matiti te Maunga
Ko Waipaoa te Awa
Ko Ngati Kahutia te Hapu
Ko Ngai Tamanuhiri te Iwi
Ko Horouta me Takitimu nga Waka
Tangata, Whakapapa, Whenua, Mana!
An Amazing time in history for Maori in Turanga and I have the opportunity to be a part of this. I live in Gisborne and work as an Iwi Co-Director or Whangaia Nga Paharakeke working in partnership with New Zealand Police for Iwi. I thrive on purpose, I am able ask the hard questions, filter out un-necessary information as I like to have the facts present to make important decisions.
My commitment to our communities is demonstrated working on projects such as, Tuia 250, Project Managed, Te Runanga o Turanganui A Kiwa Waitangi and Matariki Celebrations for 4 years. Ensuring the safety of our communities, I have led response for all Tairawhiti and ensuring supports for our Whanau through our COVID response.

Chris Haenga

Independent

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Chris HAENGA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Our Environment, Our Children, Our Future by "Making good men better".
Born and bred on the East Coast, my father was a farmer and my mother a housewife raising six kids in which I am the eldest. I attended Te Aute College until returning home to help on the farm while finishing my schooling at Ngata Memorial College.
My ability to relate to all people is my strength, Tikanga is my friend, and Whanau are my judges. As some say "common sense is not that common", I want to prove this statement wrong.
I promise that if you invest your VOTE in me, I will ensure informative discussions will happen at the table and that your contributions will be valued and used to shape our collective future.
Kia Ora my name is Chris Haenga, I am standing as candidate in the Tairawhiti Maori Ward on the Gisborne District Council, No Poroporo ahau, Ko Big Chris taku Papa.

Ani Pahuru-Huriwai

Independent

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Ani PAHURU-HURIWAI

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Ko Ani Pahuru-Huriwai awau. Resident in Wharekahika-Hicks Bay.
I feel strongly about inequities faced by rural communities like ours. I have a strong background in governance and proven track record in community development. My focus is on: Papatuanuku - access to clean, fresh water all year round; reducing Council contribution to climate change; cleaning up our roadsides and waterways; Papawhenua - reviewing how multiply-owned Maori land is rated; improving roading infrastructure; investigating rail as an option to alleviate pressure on our fragile Highways - creating local jobs, growing local business throughout the Tairawhiti; Papakainga - breaking down barriers to home ownership on Maori land, enabling the building of homes that suit the needs of whanau Maori; assisting kaitieki in maximising the potential of their whenua for future generations. Kua tae k te wa - the time has come to do things differently in our region. Our mokopuna deserve the best.

Rawinia Parata

Ngati Porou

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Rawinia PARATA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Ko Rawinia Parata ahau.
I am a mother of three living in Ruatoria. A community advocate and a supporter of locally led development. I believe that the heart of change is in meaningful engagement and advocating for that change at the Council table. The major issue facing Maori in Te Tairawhiti is equity. Equitable access to resources, to safe roading, devolution of funding via our rates to communities with high Maori populations, climate change management, housing resource consents and processes, and the Three Waters Reform. These issues disproportionately affect Maori and need a strong and capable councillor to advocate. As a person I am relentless in my care and passion for our people, as a professional I am dedicated, consistent and vocal. I will always make myself available to discuss the issues facing our people and take the responsibilities of Council seriously. Together our voices will be the change.

Harawira Craig Pearless

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Harawira Craig PEARLESS

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Tuu Maaori Mai
Tuu Maaori Mai
Tuu Maaori Mai
Dr. Harawira Craig Pearless is a Cultural Dispute Resolutions Friend who has worked globally within the United Nations as a well-being advisor.
Dr. Pearless will restore mana to the Gisborne District Council relationship with whaanau by calling out the
"the cut and paste" culture and lack of delivery for Maaori that exists within Council and will relentlessly hold the Mayor to account on all kaupapa to include tika, pono, and kaupapa Maaori representation with in the shared partnership.
Dr Pearless will dismantle the Gisborne District Councils current culture and policy's of apart ness and separate ness and will restore together ness as the only tikanga for shared co-governance.
Kia Mahi Tahi Taatou moo Taa Taatou Mokopuna- Lets All Work Together For Our Mokopuna.

Ian George Procter

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Ian George PROCTER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Kia ora, I have lived in Tairawhiti most of my life. I am an uri. of the iwi within the ward. I was a carpenter until starting work as a public servant. I worked as a kaitakaweienga Māori for 30 years and as a senior advisor for Inland Revenue. I was awarded a Public service award in 2021 following negotiating The Wai 477 Waitangi claim to settlement. My community activities have been in Te reo Māori education, and revenue tax education. I am a trustee of Mangahanea marae, a surflife guard. I am a current trustee of the Tauawhi Charitable Trust working to prevent domestic violence. I believe in our Whānau, hapu, iwi and our aspirations to be successful in all that we do. My aim is to help our people do that by strong and effective representation on council.

Aubrey Ria

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Aubrey Ria

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Te Tairawhiti.
Tuia te muka tangata ki te take o Titirangi, Te Poho o Rawiri, ko Hamo te wahine koa!
I am a mama of four, who has lived and worked amongst our community my entire life. I am a pa kid who has worked in Maori radio, education and project management. I am a project coordinator for environmental projects.
My focus is:
Oranga wai, restoration of waterways including pollution, planting and maintenance, biodiverse water collection, storage and future implications for all communities.
Oranga whenua, restoration and revitalisation of ngahere and reserves, effective forestry monitoring, and erosion control. Oranga tangata, a tinana, a whanau, a hinengaro, a wairua, including warm safe housing, roads, jobs, mental health, education, and access and development of play/sports areas for all communities.
Ae Ra! Koinei te kii o taku tipuna a Rawiri me tona wawata kia angitu tatou i raro i Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Rhonda Tibble

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Rhonda TIBBLE

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area. I am also standing for Mayor.
The only constant in life is change.
This council election is a water shed moment for Tangata Whenua throughout New Zealand.
Our Tiriti o Waitangi settlements are all but completed as we await Te Aitanga a Māhaki's arrival to PGSE.
This puts Tangata Whenua interests in a whole new political bargaining space.
I want to be at the front of the waka that embeds this change space.
A voice who listens to understand, who hears, feels, senses the heart of the people's hopes and aspirations for the growth and development of our home, our space, for 7 generations deep. I want to weave the inter-connected relationships between humans, the affective environment, our eco-dependencies and artificial intelligence knowledge systems of regeneration into the logic of our actions.
As a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend I want to hear your stories and journeys to craft better outcomes to serve you.

Ko te hurihanga anake ka mau tonu.
Tā tēnei pōtitanga-a-rohe he waihirere hou mō Ngāi Māori a Niu Tīreni.
Ko ngā whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi kua tata oti, e whanga ana ki tā Te Aitanga a Māhaki whakatutuki ai.
He whenua hou ki te ao tōrangapū nā ngā mātea a te Tangata Whenua.
Kia noho au ki te kei o tēnei waka whakapupuri I ngā hurihanga nei ki te atea.
Hei reo hopu I te rongo, I te kite a te whatu manawa, o ngā wawata I manakohia e te iwi, kia tipu, kia rea ki te kainga nei, mō te whitu reanga nuku atu.
Hei raranga I ngā muka here tangata ki te whaiao o te taiao, me te pūnaha mātauranga ao matihiko kia whakahouhia te whakaaro kia tutuki.
Hei tamāhine, tūahine, Koka, Kuia, Hoa kia rangona wāu kōrero, wāu haerere kia tini hua hei whakaawhiawhi I a koe.

Jody Toroa

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Jody TOROA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Ko Jody Toroa ahau, he uri no Te Tairāwhiti
This is our opportunity to ensure whana voice influences decisions in local government.
A fair and accountable system for all is important.
From battling the GDC for a tutae free moana, to being in iwi politics, leading marae rebuilds and papakaenga development, to my union mahi for workers - mahia te mahi, is the way I work.
Climate Change is not new, we have seen the impacts over the years. Flooding and soil movement that affect Whanau and whole communities, infrastructure and livelihoods. This is the issue we as a region have to manage - its inter generational. Far far too many of us daily survival is the norm and we need to change that together. Thinking and planning ahead is essential, for our mokopuna and those yet to come. Kua tae mai te wa!Mauri Ora!

Nick Tupara

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Nick TUPARA

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
I was born and raised in Kaiti with whakapapa links across the Tairawhiti.  My commitment is to represent the views of all in our community.
As a small business owner, historian and artist who has a proven ability for getting things done.  I am an advocate for water quality and access, improved participation in electoral processes, shared economic growth and managing climate change and the impact these hove on our region.  I am effective, accessible and respects your perspective when making decisions in the best interests of our community.
I am a strong believer of learning from one another by listening, embracing diversity, and working together to achieve the best outcomes for whanau.
A vote for me is a vote for energetically positive change for our community.  With your support I will work hard to ensure a whanau voice is heard at the Council table.

Agnes Lyn Walker

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Agnes Lyn WALKER

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi
Ki te taha o toku tipuna Kuia no Te Whanau a Apanui me Whakatohea
Now is the time, with the introduction of Maori Wards, this will ensure Maori voices are at the decision making table with the mandate to represent whanau and hapu, it is going to take the work of many sectors and individuals to continue building and reshaping our future for health, wellbeing, equity and a prosperous Tarawhiti.
I bring to the table my experience which has been developed over many years working in the public, private and community sectors.
Now is the time for all of us to be masters of our own destinies, I believe community wellness and regional prosperity can only be built upon individual, whanau, hapu and community wellness.

Marijke Warmenhoven

Tairāwhiti Māori Ward - electing 5 councillors

Marijke WARMENHOVEN

My principal place of residence is in the Tairāwhiti Māori Ward area.
In 2003, Marijke graduated from University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Law and return to live in Ruatōria and contributes voluntary to many marae, hapū and community kaupapa.
In 2004, Marijke was elected to Ngāti Porou Houora Board until 2011, then elected as an inaugural Director to Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou until 2015.  In 2019, Marijke was re elected and held a Ministerial appointment on the East Coast/Hawkes Bay Conservation Board (2016-2019).
Marijke is Chair for Te Papatipu o Uepohatu Takutai Kaitiaki Trust under the Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Act and was a Youth Court Lay Advocate in Gisborne.  She is currently Operations Manager for Te Ora Hou Tairāwhiti in a shared role.
Marijke's aspirations are to build a sustainable and resilient Tairāwhiti, where disparities between Māori and non Māori are not apparent and all whānau and communities are thriving.