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2019 election candidates

Voting in the Gisborne District Council and Tairawhiti District Health Board local elections closes 12noon Saturday 12 October 2019.

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Post your vote in a NZPost box before Tuesday 8 October or hand deliver to our council offices up until 12noon Saturday 12 October.

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This is the complete list of candidates Gisborne District Council standing [PDF, 6.1 KB]  
Tairawhiti DHB standing [PDF, 4.5 KB] 

For council and committee meeting attendance records for councillors from 2016 - 12 September 2019

Candidate profiles to help you vote

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Election of:

Mayor - 3 candidates, electing one mayor 


Rehette Stoltz

Rehette StoltzMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area.
Let's create a thriving Tairawhiti together. I see huge potential in our region and want to support and enable the changes, innovation and possibilities that will allow everyone to thrive. It has been a privilege to serve as Deputy Mayor and Health Board member for the past six years and I am proud to have led our Council locally and on the national stage. I have a fresh, strategic approach and will lead Council to focus on doing the basics well.
A vote for me will get you a mayor with a proven leadership record, 100% dedication to the job, and a commitment to transparency and accountability to our residents. I bring experience from both an academic and business background and want to lead a council with a can-do attitude our residents can be proud of. If you want a hard-working, focused advocate for Tairawhiti, Vote Rehette Stoltz.
Tena tatau nga whanau o te Tairawhiti. Ko taku tino waimarie ko te turu tuarua mo te kaunihera me tetahi turu mo te whare Hauora o te Tairawhiti - tena ano koutou.
Ko taku tirohanga kia whakapiki ake a tatau kanohi a tatau manawa ki te ao angitu mo nga whanau katoa o Te Tairawhiti. Mena ka pooti mai koe ki ahau, ka pooti mo tetahi wahine puku mahi, kotahi rau pai heniti ki nga kaupapa a tatau, he wahine whakatika nga mahi o te kaunihera, he wahine tautoko ki te orangatonutanga mo nga tangata katoa. Ka mauria mai oku wheako e pa ana ki te matauranga me te pakihi hei awhina i a tatau o Te Tairawhiti. Kei te ngakaunui ahau mo taku mahi I tenei wa tonu nei, a, me pooti ano koe moku, ae, e kore e mutu nga mihi me nga aroha ki a koutou.


Ross Meurant

Ross MeurantMy principal place of residence is not in the Gisborne District Council area.
As trustee managing director of absentee Russian owned forestry and commercial property in Gisborne district for the past 10 years, Ross has participated in many aspects of commercial activity on the East Coast, injecting near $5 million into local contractors.
With nine years' experience as MP, including Under Secretary Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and chair, Fisheries, he has sound understanding of major Tairawhiti industries.
A former police inspector, Ross has private business interests delivering sustainable fisheries policy and aqua culture technology in the Middle East. He is the Honorary Consul for Morocco.
He has a Master's degree in Economics, Law, Statistics and Policy. Ross will re-locate form Auckland to Gisborne, if elected. 
His vision: to improve rail, road and air infrastructure and enhance the commercial environment including job creation and small business opportunities. Ross is a direct descendant of Chief Te Tuhi-o-te-rangi of Ngati Mahuta and King Te Wherowhero of Tainui.


Meredith Akuhata-Brown

Meredith Akuhata-BrownMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne District Council area.
I am also standing for Gisborne Ward, Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
My vision for Gisborne Tairawhiti: A region that values all people equally and looks after this place for present and future generations.
People are the most important asset of any community so Council needs to encourage and partner with locals who can help us to sustain and grow what is best for our place. Business leaders advising me have some great suggestions to create decent jobs and attract more investment in truly sustainable industries. 
As Mayor, I would ensure we have strong foundations to build on, with a focus on the core business of local government: reliable infrastructure including sufficient clean water, waste minimised, decent investment in all transport options and wastewater managed properly. 
I want honest, transparent and accountable governance based on full public participation and bottom up leadership. It is time for a new approach and the time is always right to do what is right. Vote Akuhata-Brown.  


Gisborne Ward - 25 candidates, electing 9 councillors


Ross Chatterton (Independent)

Ross ChattertonMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
I was Born and Bred Gisborne.
Gisborne has its problems, like everywhere, but I love my City I am a lifelong resident of Outer Kaiti, and proud of it.
I'm running for council as I want my Neighbourhood to be fairly represented, as the "Low Rent" and rural areas of Gisborne often seem to miss out.
I believe all ratepayers and residents of Tairawhiti should be treated with due respect, regardless of Race, Greed, Gender or level of Wealth.
I believe Councils guiding principal should be to give the ratepayers the best value for money possible.
I am also a Unionist. As such, I believe all Council employees should ideally receive at least the Living wage. I have no other agenda other than those stated above. I am a good choice to represent the ordinary ratepayer, and I'm asking for your vote. 


Debbie Gregory (Independent)

Debbie GregoryMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Born and bred in Gisborne, I'm excited about the opportunity to be part of the decision making team here. 
I have been a journalist with the Gisborne Herald for 17 years and chief reporter for the past seven years. I decided to resign from my job and stand for the council because, like journalism, this is a way to be involved in making positive change in our community. 
I have a passion for Tairawhiti and have a deep knowledge of its history. 
The Gregory family is long connected to Gisborne with my grandmother Frances Gregory the first woman councillor in the 1960s. I have links to all sectors and my latest learning curve this year has been studying level one and two te reo Maori. My plan is to continue on this waka and speak it fluently.  
I am supported by my partner Frank Parker and my four adult children.  



Larry Foster 

Larry FosterMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
I have been privileged to have served my community as a City Councillor for the past 6 years, and would like to contribute my experience and knowledge for another 3 years.
I am very passionate about the greater future of our region and the wellbeing of our community. I have always campaigned on the 3 principles of Sensible, Positive, and Committed.
I believe I am sensible as I have owned and operated, with my wife Leigh, many successful businesses over the past 35 years.
Retailing and manufacturing here in Gisborne has been our main focus and we also operate a successful accommodation business. I am a very positive person who is always looking for opportunities to enhance our regions prosperity. I am committed to my role as a Councillor, by having one of the highest attendance rates at all Council meetings every year. I am also a qualified Hearings Commissioner.


Alice Kibble 

Alice KibbleMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Ko Alice Kibble töku ingoa.
I am a passionate, young candidate. The biggest passion I have is for my community, gained through my love for volunteering.
I have been volunteering since age six, with many local and national organisations. I am a three time recipient for the Gisborne Volunteer Centre Youth Award. 2017 Kiwibank Local Hero and also was nominated for University of Auckland Young New Zealander of the Year. Our rangatahi are the future of Tairawhiti. It is important their voices are heard at the council table to ensure the future we are creating is fit for them and future generations.
My main focuses include the Environment, restoration of regional Kaitiaki, Guardianship, Representation, Our youth, our future, their wellbeing and voice. Future Focus, making sure issues this term are not issues for future generations to fix. Speaking the voices of tomorrow, today.


Alistar McKellow

Alistar McKellowMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Education: Veterinary Surgeon B.V.Sc (Massey 1972) Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Religious studies) (Massey 1997) Diploma Acupuncture (Wu Chi 1998). 
Work History: 2006-2016 SPCA surgical desexing caravan. Veterinarian
This free program addressed the problem of animal overpopulation, operating around New Zealand, performing surgery on animals that for various reasons were never presented to veterinary clinics. 25,000 animals had surgery preventing further breeding, 1400 of those in the Tairawhiti district.
2006 Street dog surgery in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. 
2005-2006 Singapore 24hour Veterinary A&E Clinic. Supervising vet. 
1976-2004 Palmerston Rd Vet Clinic, Gisborne (owner) 
1976-2016 Co-advisor (veterinary) to SPCA. 


Terry Sheldrake 

Terry SheldrakeMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Gisborne/Tairäwhiti is special to me. I have the energy. I am committed to serve as a Councillor, to help achieve positive change for our people and district. 
For 19 years I have been an elected board member of an Olympic sport, triathlon. I have extensive international board experience and offer strong governance qualities. My experience also spans finance and investment. I am CEO for the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce.
I believe we must first get the fundamentals right: sewerage, water, footpaths. But I have a genuine interest across all issues. For example, future heavy transport movement options, including rail, environment and tourism. 
I fully understand if elected, my role will be to listen and be a voice of the people - to ensure things get done. I will be a team player. I strongly respect transparency and democracy. My wife, Kathy, and I are proud to call this district home.


Andy Cranston

Andy CranstonMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
My name is Andy Cranston. I have been honoured to represent you on the Gisborne District Council. I am experienced, hardworking, thorough and available.
Council work is complex. I offer you my strong work ethic and a commitment to understand our issues, challenges and opportunities. I understand the importance of listening to all sides of a story before deciding the best way forward for the benefit of our place. I am committed to sound decision making for our region and have a real desire to see Tairawhiti as a place offering our children and their children a sound, secure and promising future. My background in business establishment and management, finance and governance offers our region my expertise in financial and project oversight, planning, decision making and vision. My skills will be essential in achieving the balance and experience which will be essential to a successful Council.


David Sly

David SlyMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
My wife Debbie and I moved to Gisborne over 8 years ago, arriving to own and operate a Motel in town. As we have made Gisborne our home, I would now like to give back to the community by standing for council.
I'll represent the whole Gisborne-Tairawhiti District in an open and transparent manner. 
I feel strongly that the priority is getting our infrastructure right. Council's focus should be to get the core infrastructure right at an affordable cost to all ratepayers. I served on the Tourism Eastland board for six years, two of them as President. Most recently I've been managing the Gisborne RSA, a community Club which I have stabilised through hard work, for future generations. Gisborne is a great community, but we all can make it better, by working together, for which I seek your support. 
Let's Make Gisborne-Tairawhiti the best Community Together.


Rachel Lodewyk

Rachel LodewykMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board. 
I love living in Gisborne.
I am standing to lend my skills, commitment and voice to a Council that leads with vision and integrity. I have three men in the making that I am lucky enough they call me Mum. Through them I am engaged in arts, sports, education and the disability sector.
Being part of the team that brought Parafed Tairawhiti back to help our disabled athletes was a highlight for me in 2018. Our youth are our future leaders. We need strong economic development to ensure that Tairawhiti is a place they will be proud to be from and passionate about taking care of. 
Leadership through our actions to protect our natural environment and cultural diversity will allow our stunning beaches, rivers, natural landscape and heritage to thrive alongside us on this journey. 


Lizz Crawford 

No image suppliedMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Hinemaurea ki Mangatuna te Marae
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te Hapu
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi
Ko Horouta te Waka
Ko Elizabeth Crawford taku ingoa

I'm Lizz Crawford, I live in Gisborne and am standing for this ward. My skills and experience are in the Not-For-Profit sector, NGO's, community development, public health, financial and governance. I unequivocally and unapologetically stand against gambling harm. I'm the former manager of Te Ara Tika Tairawhiti Gambling Services for 5 years as Kaiwhakahaere, a director of Ahuru Mowai Housing and Oasis Community Church; Gisborne New Life Fellowship Trust trustee. I was nominated and elected as the Chairperson of Ka Pai Kaiti in November 2018. I'm passionate about all people living the best life they choose.


Shannon Dowsing

Shannon DowsingMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
I have been privileged to represent our community and contribute to the many difficult decisions made these past three years. I am particularly proud of our ongoing work regarding Pamoa forest, the representation review, and most importantly my work alongside our Iwi partners in developing and improving our wastewater network. 
My passion and adaptability made me effective in debate and I believe research and analysis made my contribution valuable. If re-elected I hope to be chair of Finance + Audit committee next term, and work to find improvements in or business efficiency. With substantial and complex challenges ahead, such as climate change and environmental protection, a piece of work I am passionate to develop is new social, environmental, and cultural measures, to support our reports. Something to weigh against financial information so that our judgement and decisions are made with transparency and well balanced information, free of economic bias.


Amber Dunn

Amber DunnMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Our beautiful place needs the right conditions for our people, entrepreneurs and businesses to flourish. GDC plays a huge part in this with: a wastewater system, drinking water, transport etc, and a fit-for-purpose rulebook that protects public health and our natural environments.
As a place-centric leader, I will act as a caretaker of our natural systems; and planner, designer and investor for our wellbeing (built) infrastructure and public spaces. To enable positive progress, my focus will be our highest priorities and promoting 'intelligent' designs - designs and solutions that solve more than one problem at a time.
By profession, I am a coastal scientist, project manager and talent developer. These strengths and capabilities can be applied to our place, organisation, and decision making so we deliver desired outcomes and thrive. By choice, I'd like to be an effective strategic voice for our people and place (as a district Councillor).


Courtenay Waikari 

Courtenay WaikariMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Resides in: Gisborne Ward
Kia Ora, Gisborne! My name is Courtenay Waikari and I'm seeking your vote for local council. I'm passionate about our community, our people and our wellbeing. As a young mother of two, family and youth are important to me and I'll strive to advocate on their behalf - their voice is essential or decisions about their future. Being of Mäori and Scottish descent, I want to grow and promote a rich diversity of culture in Te Tairäwhiti; so we thrive as a multicultural community.
A graduate in Business Studies, specialising in Business Enterprise Development, strengthening our economy, fostering innovation and enterprise are some of my key priorities.
I seek to champion local business, trades and farmers - and balance this with support for circular systems and our ability to meet our environmental responsibilities around immediate climate action. I would be honoured to represent our community!

Josh Wharehinga (Independent)

Josh WharehingaMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
During my time serving as a second term Councillor, I have sat on hearings for our bylaws as a Hearings Commissioner, I have gained valuable chairing experience in my role as Deputy Chair of Finance and Audit under Cr Wilson, and I have learnt to balance community needs alongside our regulatory obligations as Deputy Chair of District Licensing under Cr Seymour. 
I came into council with the intent to keep us fiscally responsible, economically viable while maintaining our natural environment, local culture and caring community. Being involved in the Community Facilities Strategy and Spatial Planning, leading our council stand on declaring a climate emergency, and calling for One Roading Network under council are some of the many ways I have honoured those promises. I'm still driven to serve my family and community and I'll be humbled to continue serving as a Councillor. For more information, please visit  Vote Wharehinga.

Meredith Akuhata-Brown

Meredith Akuhata-BrownMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Mayor-Gisborne District Council, Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Positive change does take time, I've loved my role in Council and many people have said I am helping create good change. So I'm seeking re election in the local body elections later this year. Much of my efforts have focused on making Council more accountable and inclusive for everybody in the district.
I also believe transport, housing and environmental issues, community development and supporting industries that are good for Gisborne are priorities.
It's time we have a deeper look at what is 'best for our region' and ensure that those that want to invest in our region do so with a stronger conscious around shared equity and environmental stewardship. While I have just one vote, I hope to continue my influence on the kind of conversations Council needs to continue as we serve and involve our whole community. Our region has a wealth of local knowledge, innovation and resilience.


Clive Bibby 

Clive BibbyMy principal place of residence is not in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
My reason for offering myself as a candidate for election to the Gisborne District Council is simply because I believe I have the background knowledge, experience and enthusiasm necessary to make a positive difference to the lives of all people living within the catchment serviced by the Gisborne District Council. 
During the last 40 years living and working on the East Coast, in partnership with my wife Diana, I have: developed and operated a multi faceted farming business; raised 3 children to adulthood; made a major contribution to the East Coast community through leadership roles in numerous community projects. I'm particularly proud of my time spent working, namely in a voluntary capacity, with individual groups, within the low decile communities of the District Council's regional territory. I am happy to commit all my energies in service of all citizens of the City Ward in a like manner.


Tina Karaitiana

Tina KaraitianaMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Community connection, Community first Campaign Focus: Economic Development;
Infrastructure; RMA. Personal Strengths: Commitment; Transparent; Leadership; Authentic; Resilience. Qualifications: Postgrad Dip Management Studies; Bachelor of Education (Adult Education); Masters of Indigenous Knowledge; Currently studying PhD - Thesis focus entreprenurship
Current Conflicts: Lottery Community Facilities Grant; Lotteries. Significant Projects Fund Grant; NZ Community Trust; Te Matatini Inc; Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Community Involvement: Chelsea Hospital; Maori Women's Welfare League; Country Women's Institute; Gisborne Women's Refuge; Gisborne/BOP Community Lotteries; War Memorial Gisborne Trust; KHO - Tairawhiti Maori Economic Report; Trustee Matariki Partnership; Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan; Tairawhiti REAP
Previous Governance Experience: Appointed Tairawhiti Polytechnic Council; Chair GGHS BOT; Director NNZ Board; International Board NNZ; SPARC; REAP Aotearoa NZ
Employment: Self-employed, consultancy and contract work Personal qualities: Whanau centric; Team player; Community Passion.


Mary Liza Manuel

Mary Liza ManuelMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
I am seeking your support to serve you as a District Councillor. 
As a team I will strive for an economy and environment that provides long term
sustainability. We need truly sustainable development where people can use resources without them running out or compromising future opportunities. Water for irrigation is essential for expansion of high value horticulture to prosper our region.
The water used for fruit and vegetable production brings millions of dollars into the economy, creating more jobs and income. We need smart representation working with iwi/central government to build a strong future in a post-settlement era with a focus on benefits of local economic development. I support the railway being reopened if the business case shows the demand exists and improving our roading network and air services are critical. I will champion greater transparency ensuring all residents and ratepayers have more say over decisions that affect us.


Glenis Philip-Barbara

Glenis Philip-BarbaraMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Kia ora, my name is Glenis Hiria Philip-Barbara.
As a descendant of Maui I have a long association with Tairäwhiti.
On my mothers side I come from the Wanoa, Koia, Aupouri and Houia whänau, on my fathers side from the Philip and Golding families. 
I am married to Nick Barbara and we have seven children, both birth and whängai children, all grown up and making us proud as they chase their own dreams and aspirations.
If the people of this community choose to give me their vote for Council and the District Health Board I will be able to use the experience I have gained as the current General Manager of Te Hä Trust and as a former Public Sector Chief Executive to support the growth and development of our region. I will work hard to ensure that there is equity of opportunity for our community.


Tony Robinson

Tony RobinsonMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Tena koutou
I am 48 years old, born and raised in Kaiti. I have lived and travelled overseas extensively and returned home to Gisborne in 2006.
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. I was a founding member of Tairawhiti Men Against Violence and involved in establishing the Tauawhi Men's Centre. I am a straight talking, forward thinking, down to earth person. I respect and value all people. My vision is an inclusive, fiscally responsible, transparent and accountable council. As a councillor I will bring integrity, honesty, acumen and an unwavering commitment to our people and region. Thank you for your support. Nga mihi nui

Tena koutou katoa
Ko Titirangi te maunga. Ko Waimata te awa. Ko tauiwi te iwi.
No Turanganui-a-kiwa awau. Ko Tony Robinson taku ingoa.
Ko Gary Robinson taku papa. Ko Raewyn Robinson taku mama.
Ko Max räua ko Hugo aku tama.
E 48 taku pakeke. I whanau mai au i Turanga, a i tipu hoki.
Hiahia ana au ki te tautoko i nga wawata o nga whanau, nga
hapu, nga iwi o Te Tairawhiti.
Nga mihinui Tony

Joelene Andrew

Jolene AndrewMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
I'm proud to call Gisborne home. Born and bred here with ties back to Raukokore, Hicks Bay and Waipiro Bay, I've a firm grasp of the issues that truly weigh on our community. Priority should be given back to our basic necessities - adequate housing, employment opportunities, good food and fresh water. We all want a home where families thrive and businesses grow. Where new ideas and technologies are encouraged. Where our Council is future-focused, ensuring a safe community abundant with opportunities for the next generation. If elected, I hope to restore faith in the Council through true transparency and greater communication, expecting Council accountability for decisions made on behalf of the people of Tairawhiti. I have a history of community dedication through my work with Feed Tairawhiti and supporting non-profit organisations. I offer to serve as your voice - without ego or ulterior motives, whilst truly listening to the people.
I whänau au ki Türanga-nui-ä-Kiwa. E ngäkaunuitia ana au ki tënei häpori, ki ngä take me ngä taimahatanga, ki te taha o ngä rawa, ngä papa käinga, he whiwhinga mahi, he kai pai me te wai Mäori. Ko te tümanako, kia puäwai ngä whänau, kia tupu
ake ngä ümanga me te hangarau.
Me anga whakamua te Kaunihera, kia rite he hapori haumaru, me te maha o ngä whiwhinga mahi mo ngä whakatupuranga a muri ake nei.
Inä ka riro au i tënei türanga, ka tae au ki te whakahou i te ngäkau pono ki te Kaunihera, kia pono rätou ki ngä tikanga. Ko te take, e körero ana mo te iwi o te Tairäwhiti.
He maha aku mahi mo Feed Tairäwhiti, ki te tautoko i ngä ümanga kore whiwhi pütea hoki. Ka tü au hei kaikörero, hei kaiwhakarongo mo te iwi.

Dayle Takitimu

Dayle TakitimuMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Dayle is a strategist with a strong background in law and education. She holds a Masters of Law (Hons). She has lectured in commercial law and treaty jurisprudence, and has successfully advocated nationally and internationally for indigenous and environmental rights. 
She wants the Tairawhiti to thrive - for everyone - and believes courage, vision and strong decision making in leadership will deliver great outcomes for our region. Dayle believes in critically (re)prioritising to meet the needs of the Tairawhiti; particularly in environmental management - investing in infrastructural upgrades (waterways, roading, waste and energy efficiency), securing world class educational opportunities within the region, energising local economy, upgrading healthcare delivery, and advocating strongly at a national political level for the needs of the Tairawhiti region. Dayle is a mama to 3 beautiful multi-lingual free range children and, together with her partner, thinks Tairawhiti is the best place in the world to call home. 


Nick Tupara

Nick TuparaMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
I, with you, choose the East Coast to be my home. It is the ideal place to grow our families amongst the bounty of benefits that the beauty and potential of our home has to offer.
I want to be part of our insurance plan to keep the Tairawhiti community strong and together, and our succession plan to sustain the prosperity of the Tairawhiti for generations to come. Being strategic and deliberate through common sense inquiry is how we find our pathways forward.
I bring home grown values to germinate and nourish a fresh perspective on how we can realise the wealth of possibility that is the Tairawhiti. Leading while being open to learning grows sharing, and allows us to embrace the uncertainty. By drawing on experience in business and community wellbeing we will find the means to move ahead.


Shane Vermeulen

Shane VermeulenMy principal place of residence is in the Gisborne Ward area.
Locally born and raised looking to do whats best for the region, based on the voices of our people.











Tui Warmenhoven

Tui WarmenhovenMy principal place of residence is not in the Gisborne Ward area.
Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata Mother, Lawyer, businesswoman providing environmental advocacy for Tairawhiti communities. For twenty years she has been a campaigner for the restoration of the Waiapu Catchment. Tui is an elected director and deputy chair. "There is too much waste by the council. I will use my business experience to be a good steward of the ratepayers' money by cutting silly spending. It is possible to make sustainable decisions, preserve the environment and minimize rates. There are too few women, professionals, businesspeople and Maori on our Council". "Climate change is the great challenge. I have the expertise to ensure the Council makes sustainable decisions to protect our coastal communities. "I bring to the Council extensive governance experience from a school board to a company to Ngati Porou's tribal authority. I have given presentations on East Coast environmental issues to international conferences. My bi cultural perspective will prove valuable".


Matakaoa-Waiapu Ward - 2 candidates, electing 1 councillor

Bill Burdett

Bill BurdettMy principal place of residence is in the Matakaoa-Waiapu Ward area.
It has been a privilege to serve the Waiapu & latterly the Waiapu/Matakaoa ward communities. 
A little bit about myself. I live and farm in Ruatoria and reside at Mangahanea on the farm. Have two permanent staff which allows me to be a Councillor. I am a long serving Trustee of Mangahanea & Uepohatu Marae/Whakarua Park Trustee also several community organisations.
A lifetime interest in all sport. A life member of the Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union. I affiliate to Ngati Porou through both my Parents and Grandparents. Our main issues with Council have been roads maintenance of our communities i.e. weed spraying, toilets etc., rubbish collection issues signage. With provincial growth funding our roads should be better maintained. A start on Waiapu River restoration. All our communities should be upgraded by 2022.


Kerry Kururangi

Kerry KururangiMy principal place of residence is in the Matakaoa-Waiapu Ward area.
Tena koe, ko Kerry Kuruangi ahau no Potaka.
I am standing as the Matakaoa Ward representative to ensure that the collective voice of our communities will contribute to the prosperity of Te Tairawhiti.
I believe the environment and its protection is of great importance. The environmental impacts currently occurring in our rohe is of great concern to me. Holding Council to account and ensuring their regulatory obligations to monitor all RMA consents issued is a kaupapa I will pursue as the Matakaoa representative. As a trustee on one of our Takutai Moana Trusts I will ensure that Council keep their obligations in regard to Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill (No 2) Act 2019 I cannot promise big changes but I will commit, listen and fight for the kaupapa of our community.



Taruheru-Patutahi Ward - 2 candidates electing 1 councillor

Sandra Faulkner

Sandra FaulknerMy principal place of residence is not in the Taruheru-Patutahi Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
Future-proofing our roading, communication, energy and water security will all play a part in sustaining Gisborne's wellbeing. 
I have a deep connection to the land with a business background in agriculture, horticulture and farm forestry and I am actively involved in many industry and community groups to which I bring a positive, get-things-done attitude. With this comes a sound understanding of how both local and national policy affects our people, our businesses and our unique environment. These are the pillars that underpin a healthy and vibrant society. With the support of my husband, Rob, I am mother to two teenage boys, a Nuffield Scholar and a member of the Institute of Directors. Community leaders should have the courage to uphold the highest standards of integrity, service and behaviour. I look forward to bringing a high level of strategic thinking, energy and pride in our region, to Gisborne District Council.


Malcolm MacLean

Malcolm MacLeanMy principal place of residence is not in the Taruheru-Patutahi Ward area. I am also standing for Tairäwhiti District Health Board.
I am your current sitting councillor and with your support once more look forward to another term representing this progressive ward. Localism is the go forward word for the coming years.
The Community have to have more say in what is or is not good for your area. We the Councillors are endeavouring to encourage greater transparency and communication. It is important for you the rate payer to have your say. It is really important that we now formulate a policy protecting our pastoral and agriculture land from forestry.
I will commit to protecting this land. I have 35 years in governance roles and lived in the ward for 20 years and have a good handle on what is the need for this area. The Makauri Aquifer testing is commencing stage 2 testing. This project is tomorrows water for the extensive cropping and citrus growing on the Poverty Bay flats. 



Waipaoa Ward - 5 candidates, electing 1 councillor


Ben Brown 

Ben BrownMy principal place of residence is in the Waipaoa Ward area.
My name is Pene Tuakana Brown I am putting my self up for the Waipaoa electorate this would be my first time being in this position I hope to be able to be a satisfactory candidate to help out within the numerous areas that I would be representing to listen to the people and to act on some of the things that I have a concern to the people or communities through out the waipaoa electorate Things of the past are not retreivable however in stating that I believe with progress comes gain on a minor scale.







Kerry Worsnop (Independent)

Kerry WorsnopMy principal place of residence is in the Waipaoa Ward area.
Our region is deeply connected to the land and our communities draw resilience from it. In economic terms it is our lifeblood, and in society it provides the identity and resources on which strong communities are built. 
I am standing for election to promote community-focussed, economically robust decision making. I bring a clear voice on rural issues and I understand the need to provide accountability. I farm with my husband in Rere and have experience advocating on behalf of farmers and rural communities at a local and national level.
My education is in Agri-commerce and Environmental Science, my background includes farming, executive roles in Federated Farmers, community project management and number of community based voluntary roles. 
If you want a rural voice calling for less political interference, better infrastructure and recognition for rural communities, I'm offering one.


Frank Murphy

Frank MurphyMy principal place of residence is in the Waipaoa Ward area.
A strong voice is needed for the Waipaoa ward, backed up by persuasive skills. I have proved that I have this ability. One past example is a contract with Gisborne District Council to bring cruise ships into Gisborne, completed on time and within budget. I am very familiar with meeting procedures, having chaired a national 150 member Tourism Association for 25 years comprising of Luxury Lodges, Farm stays, Charter boats and individual Guides. Past chairman of Fish NZ - the sports fish marketing group, Air NZ, Qantas and Tourism NZ.
I've been awarded from the Queen, Prime Minister and Governor General, in recognition of services to New Zealand. Among my main interests at council will be to influence fellow councillors in respect of holding Rural rates and lowering Electric power costs for residents of Waipaoa. From these experiences I feel I could make a beneficial influence for the Waipaoa Ward.


Charlie Reynolds

Charlie ReynoldsMy principal place of residence is in the Waipaoa Ward area.
Family, Farm, Community. To see and act on the challenges that our community face is becoming more vital than ever before.
Roading infrastructure to allow our children, families, our important employees and our very expensive agricultural products safe passage through the district. Forestry regulations that allow trees to be cut profitability without destroying families and farmland that neighbours them.
Accountability. What our rates are being spent on. Is it going to benefit the area or is it a feel-good expense? Environmental issues. We all want the same outcome. However, the real-world practicality of implementing policies is the key to it all. 
By being your representative, I will strive to ensure that through the CEO, council staff will be able to see and understand the difference between written theories and real-world practicality.


Athena Emmerson

Athena EmmersonMy principal place of residence is in the Waipaoa Ward area.
The proud mother of my one son who currently serves in the New Zealand Army, I live in the community of Muriwai and work as the Whanau Ora Manager at Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa (TROAK) and Project Manager of E Tu Whanau for Turanganui a Kiwa.
I have made a commitment to run for council because I am; Working for our Community - towards, better and safer roads; Committed to our Community - supporting community needs; Connecting our Community - information and services. 
My professional memberships include; Muriwai Marae Member; Muriwai School Board of Trustee Member; Tamanuhiri Tutu Poroporo Trustee Member; Tairawhiti Maori Sports Awards Chair Person; E Tu Elgin Committee Member; Tu Ake Te Karaka Community Group Committee Member; Whakato Marae Committee Member; Ease Up Tairawhiti Committee Member.


Tawhiti-Uawa Ward - 1 councillor elected unopposed

Pat Seymour

Tairawhiti District Health Board (7 vacancies)

• Alistar McKellow 
• Heather Robertson
• Rose Gould-Lardelli
• Andy Cranston
• Sandra Faulkner
• Malcolm MacLean
• Hiki Pihema
• Josh Wharehinga 
• Meredith Akuhata-Brown
• Clive Bibby
• Rachel Lodewyk 
• Glenis Philip-Barbara
• Tony Robinson
• Tracey Clare
• Nicola McCartney
• Angus Ngarangioue
• Pita Paul
• Dayle Takitimu
• Nick Tupara
• Peeti Wainui Rauna


Council and committee meeting attendance records

Committee membership can be viewed on committees of council webpage

Councillors attending a meeting where they're not members do not get recorded as being present but as “in attendance” this is not included in this information.

The Hearings Committee members are selected from a panel and as members can be  conflicted and not be eligible to sit at the Hearing.

The “A” denotes a leave of absence – they're not present at the meeting because they are other council business or have requested sick leave in advance.

The triennium has not finished so this is a complete record as at 12 September 2019.  

Council & Committee Attendance 2016 - 12 September 2019 [PDF, 1.3 MB]