skip to main content

2019 Election Nominations & Candidates

You can access up to date nominations received by Hawke's Bay Regional Council for the upcoming 2019 local government elections, and find out more about who is standing for council once the nominations close.

Nominations received

All candidate names, contact details, profiles and photos are now available below.

2019 results can be found here

Will Foley

Sustainable Tomorrow

My principal place of residence is in the Central Hawke’s Bay Constituency area

Will FoleyCollaboration is vital for Central Hawkes Bay to prosper. 8 councillors from other regions in Hawkes Bay sit around the council table and is important for me to work together with those members to achieve positive outcomes for Central Hawkes Bay. I am committed to enhancing the environment & promoting a more prosperous economy, so everyone benefits. Areas such as farm plans, riparian plantings, erosion control, pest control are progressing well but some fundamental issues such as water security for our region have still not been resolved. Also over the top regulation threatens our efficiency. It is crucial we have a shared vision for our future and get on and achieve positive results that future proofs our sustainability. I was born and grew up in Takapau as fourth generation on the family farm and now reside in the Hatuma district with wife Abbie & 2 children.

email: will@foleyfarming.co.nz


Tony Kuklinski

The Gardener

My principal place of residence is in the Central Hawke’s Bay Constituency area

tony KuklinskiI am standing to represent town and country in Central Hawke's Bay. It doesn’t matter where we live, we all care about the environment. My main business is landscaping but I run a small farm also. I am a volunteer for the rural firefighters. My passion for the environment comes from wanting to protect and improve soils. The continued build-up of shingle in the Tukituki and Waipawa rivers has led to declining flood capacity of the existing stop banks, and drainage issues for adjacent land holders. There are millions of cubic metres of shingle more now, than when the stop banks were rebuilt in the 80s. We need to invest in this critical infrastructure. Our regional council should be concentrating on practical and affordable solutions that help our communities weather the changing environment. I would like to represent our whole community and bring town and country interests together.

email: kuklinskitony@gmail.com

Rick BarkerRick Barker


My principal place of residence is in the Hastings Constituency area

The quality of our environment will determine the quality of our future. It’s for this reason that our Regional Council needs to move from being a manager of issues to a leader, an environmental leader. Water quality is the growing concern in our community. Climate change will be the greatest challenge we as people will have faced, both globally and locally. We are also troubled by pollution, by plastic, fertilisers and smoke, just to start the list. The Regional Council, the region’s leading environmental agency needs to up its game on all of these fronts. I am standing for the Council this term, committing myself to ensuring that Council takes a stronger stand to restore, protect and enhance our environment. To act with determination to clean up our rivers. Acting locally but thinking globally to mitigate climate change. To ensure all forms of pollution are reduced. To protect our future.

email: rickjbarker@gmail.com

Tom BelfordTom Belford


Independent

My principal place of residence is not in the Hastings Constituency area

During my 2nd term as regional councillor, I’ve worked with a positive team that has firmly recommitted HBRC to its core environmental mission. We stopped over-allocation of water while planning responsibly for future water security. Upgraded key recreation areas. Launched a biodiversity trust. Began a ten-year planting programme to reduce erosion and protect streams. Launched a Future Farming Initiative, which I championed, to promote long-term sustainable food production in HB. Intensified efforts to address global warming. These sea-changes required significant course correction at HBRC, setting aside our predecessors’ misbegotten dam and restoring trust in Council decision-making. As Environment Committee chair (and as editor of BayBuzz magazine), I’ve dug deeply into these issues and provided leadership, while always reaching out for community input and ideas. There’s much more to do. With your support I will keep up the momentum, improving water quality and security, and stepping-up our response to global warming.

email: tom@baybuzz.co.nz

Craig FossCraig Foss


The Right Balance

My principal place of residence is not in the Hastings Constituency area

Together, we can get the Right Balance at the Regional Council, ensuring your views, values and expectations of transparency and accountability are around the table. Like you, I respect and treasure our stunning environment. I understand the need for the Regional Council to be in tune with your family, community and business aspirations. It is about balance, the right balance. I walk the environmental and changing climate talk; it starts at my home, fencing streams, planting countless native trees, removing pests, creating a QEII conservation block and installing solar energy. My Backing The Bay for 12 years as your Member of Parliament balanced with 14 years of international banking, demonstrates my governance and business experience. I will ensure prudent oversight of your HBRC $700m balance sheet, particularly considering the proceeds from the port float. Craig Foss will bring the Right Balance to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

email: Balance@Foss.co.nz

Tim GilbertsonTim Gilbertson


Honest Independent

My principal place of residence is not in the Hastings Constituency area

Hawke’s Bay is best served by honest independent individuals making sensible decisions that benefit everyone in the region. Groups financed and influenced by special interests should have no place in Hawke’s Bay. I will represent all of the region and work to solve problems, not just talk about them.

email: tim@waitukai.co.nz

Rex GrahamRex Graham


My principal place of residence is not in the Hastings Constituency area

Rex Graham has served as a Regional Councillor for six years and he is currently the Council Chairman. He is also a Company Director involved in horticulture investments in NZ and China. He is Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park and a trustee of Te Aranga Marae. Rex was born in Hastings, raised his family here and remains deeply involved in sport and community activities in Havelock North, Hastings and Flaxmere. He wants to help build a prosperous community, one where local industry creates jobs and wealth whilst respecting and protecting our natural environment. There is no victory in just creating more wealth and more consumption if we can’t swim in our rivers, eat our fish or drink our water.

email: rex@freshnz.co.nz

Peter GuerinPeter Guerin


My principal place of residence is in the Hastings Constituency area

We live in New Zealand’s best region, or, as Al Brown calls it: Hawke's Bay – the lucky province. However it could be better – much better. I grew up in Hastings, completed a Bachelor of Business Studies at Massey in my 30s, then worked in hospitality, accounting and for 20 years in local government - including 11 years as chief executive of Rotorua District Council. I returned home in 2015 and continue to maintain a close interest in the major issues facing our region. The regional council must do more to improve the prosperity of our people - by operating better, faster, cheaper, and making things easier for residents. If elected I will commit to helping to improve the regional council’s leadership - specifically in planning for the future, climate change, water quality, the port, water storage, service delivery, productive land use, rates and cost controls. Vote Peter Guerin

email: peter.guerin.nz@gmail.com

Mary O'NeillMary ONeill


Independent

My principal place of residence is not in the Hastings Constituency area

I live in New Zealand since 1998. My family moved from Palmerston North to Hastings in 2005. Sunny Hastings became our new home. We settled in for the journey of love, respect and prosperity. In July 2008, in Hastings I made my oath at a citizenship ceremony in Hastings and became a New Zealand citizen. Later on, I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Environment. In March last year I started my Environmental Consultancy. I learned a lot about where the knowledge gap is in people’s understanding of environmental issues and regulations. For that reason, I launched a radio programme named Environment Hawke’s Bay which is a broadcast from Radio Kidnappers every Tuesday at 11:30. I am happy to run for the council and assist council to make informed decisions about the environment: as issues come along. I am very inquisitive and solution orientated and passionate about Hastings.

email: mary.oneill@slingshot.co.nz

Grant R SetonGrant R Seton


Independent

My principal place of residence is in the Hastings Constituency area

Giving your vote to Grant Seton to be a new councillor will refresh council thinking. My first appointment to a government department was 1982. I have also worked in the private sector. Born in New Zealand, I live in Flaxmere. I will be both a champion and a guardian for the Hastings constituency, blessed by nature with aquifer water, its beautiful lands and sea-line. I find there is a lack of adequate action about noise, odours, water, smoke, waste and prefer HBRC not to contract to PNCC for afterhour services. The intersection of responsibility for local councils with regional council needs review and changes made. I am not a supporter of 1080 poison use or water exports. I believe in a maximum of four terms on council. Visit www.grant.seton.hbrc.cmmnty.nz and choose contact to private message me about HBRC or something else. Thank-you for reading and considering Grant Seton.

email: grant@gseton.com

Paul Bailey

Independent

My principal place of residence is in the Napier Constituency area

Paul BaileyPaul is standing for re-election because he believes Hawke's Bay can be a world leader in sustainable land and water use, delivering prosperity to us all. The Facing Our Future programme was designed to resolve many of our water quality issues and is starting to deliver results. We now need to treat water availability and the effects Climate Change with similar urgency. Paul believes that council is headed in the right direction but improvements could be made to public consultation and transparency. He believes you should have any council information you need to participate in the democratic process, and the right to a fair, respectful hearing from councillors. Paul will also continue to ask the hard questions and to work constructively with his fellow councillors. Paul is a committed father of four who has been a business owner, bank manger, and credit manager. See facebook Paul Bailey - Regional Councillor

email: bailey4hbrc@gmail.com

Neil Kirton

My principal place of residence is in the Napier Constituency area                                 

Neil KirtonDuring this term of council Neil Kirton has been a very effective voice for Napier. He has been a crucial part the team driving the council’s far-reaching environmental agenda. Neil has a post-graduate science degree and is passionate about protecting our marine environment, securing a major funding boast for scientific research to better understand our in-shore fisheries. He represents the regional council on committee’s responsible for the Ahuriri Estuary and coastal hazards. A justice of the peace and a member of parliament Neil, served as the Minister of Customs and Associate Minister of Health. He was responsible for introducing free healthcare for children under six. Neil is chair of the council’s strategic, finance and audit committee’s. His work on the council’s capital review set the foundations for investment in the future for the Port of Napier. He was a strong advocate for Hawke’s Bay people receiving priority for port shares.

email: ndkirton@gmail.com

Nichola Nicholson

Nichola Nicholson

My principal place of residence is in the Napier Constituency area

I believe our Regional Council needs renewed energy and diversity. I can provide these by bringing a fresh perspective, a younger voice and experience to the table. I have a degree in environmental management and experience in environmental planning, policy, and governance. I am a businesswoman, mother and active member of many Hawke’s Bay communities. I support a Council that makes positive decisions for our region and takes smart, decisive action on important issues including water, biodiversity, Ahuriri Estuary and climate change. I will serve Napier by listening to the community, understanding the science and working for sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Hawke’s Bay is a beautiful place with an economy that depends on a resilient environment and communities that have a say in their future. By working together, we can create a thriving region supported by a healthy environment, for everyone. Find out more at Facebook.com/NicholaNicholsonHBRC

email: nicholson.nichola@gmail.com

Hinewai Ormsby

Protecting our waterways

My principal place of residence is not in the Napier Constituency area

Hinewai OrmsbyHinewai believes the Regional Council has the duty to protect our environment. Hawke’s Bay is the best place in the world to live, and she wants to see our region healthy and thriving. Hinewai knows that our region has immense potential in technology, tourism and high value horticulture and farming. However, these things don’t co-exist without a thriving natural environment. Revitalising Ahuriri Estuary and ensuring the hard work done to protect our drinking water sources and rivers, is Hinewai’s focus. As a Napier environmental champion, she has already led projects to improve the health of the Ahuriri Estuary, having grown and planted over 4,000 native trees. Hinewai is a married mother of two who owns an award-winning tourism business, Napier Māori Tours. She is a former science teacher having both attended and taught at Napier Girls’. Hinewai sits on the Boards of Hawke’s Bay Tourism and Waiohiki Marae. Facebook-HinewaiforHBRC.

email: hinewaiforhbrc@gmail.com

John Smith

John Smith

My principal place of residence is in the Napier Constituency area                           

Human Caused Global Warming - the biggest deception in history - says Dr Tim Ball’s latest book. Astounding Council declared a Climate Emergency. I seek a mandate for my priority to rescind that nonsensical stance as a basis for future policy. The social manipulators at UNIPCC and central government level (the seemingly never ending band wagon) will keep promoting the deception until they too are thrown out. The holistic farming methods of Allan Savory, Joel Salatin (attended his seminar in Havelock North 2011) and as adopted at Mangarara Station resonate with me as they should with you. Protects our environment, conserves and purifies water and is sustainable (the soil biome can be likened to the human microbiome – must be healthy to sustain life). Member: Weston A. Price Foundation, Soil & Health Association NZ, Fluoride FreeNZ, Grey Power Napier Grandfather of 8 with the time and focus. More at www.knowledgewagon.nz

email: jclivesmith@gmail.com

Martin Williams

Martin Williams

My principal place of residence is in the Napier Constituency area                                

I am a lawyer specialising in environmental and local government law for nearly 25 years, having first graduated with honours in biological science in 1990. Regional Council business has been the focus of my professional working life throughout. I live in Napier with my wife and two teenage children. I have served in governance roles for a range of community, education and charitable entities in Hawke’s Bay over the past 10 years. My policy priorities are tackling climate change, ensuring fair and sustainable freshwater allocation and management, protecting the remaining majority share in the Port of Napier, and restoring the region’s biodiversity and eroding marginal land. I am backing a community pest trapping scheme for Napier. I commit to smarter economic policy with greater priority on outcomes for the regional economy and ratepayers. I bring independence and offer a fresh and willing commitment to the job.

email: martin@shch.nz

 

Jerf van Beek

Independent

My principal place of residence is in the Ngaruroro Constituency area.

Jerf van BeekI want to help build and be part of a prosperous community – one where the local industries create jobs and wellbeing whilst protecting and improving our natural environment. HB has plenty of water especially when we invest in storage. It is just how we as a community are going to manage it for the future wellbeing of community and the environment. I have a proven record in collaboration and know what the key issues are affecting our businesses and local families. I am a local Grower and a hard working member and supporter of the TANK process. I chair the Twyford Irrigator group, Chair of PickHB which is a 50 plus grower labour Co-op and I am the National Coordinator for seasonal labour for Horticulture New Zealand in which capacity I helped to develop the RSE scheme. Carla and I are 35 years married and have 5 children.

email: jerf.vanbeek@hortnz.co.nz

Guy Wellwood

Independent

My principal place of residence is not in the Ngaruroro Constituency area.

Guy WellwoodI am a fourth-generation resident of Hawke’s Bay and practised law in Hastings for 37 years. From 2000 to 2002, I worked in the Beehive Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Trade and played a pivotal role in some very big issues so important to this region. These included free trade agreements, the formation of Fonterra, and the deregulation of the pipfruit industry. I have served in many organisations over the years working for the betterment of Hawke’s Bay in good times and bad. I am committed to this region and our collective success. I am now asking the people of Ngaruroro constituency to put their trust in me so I can serve on the Regional Council in the best interests of all sectors as well as the protection of the environment. For more about me look at my website www.guywellwood.co.nz

email: guywellwood48@gmail.com

Lambert, Charles

My principal place of residence is in the Wairoa Constituency area

Charles LambertI am deeply concerned about the state of our environment. Our waterways are clogged up with silt and nutrient run off; fish stocks are falling; and recent reports of our coastline warn of recurring algal bloom. I am deeply concerned that forestry slash threatens our waterways and soil erosion is widespread throughout the district. I am concerned enough to put my hand up to be your first choice for the next Hawkes Bay Regional Council. I am experienced in governance processes, asset management, and the need for transparency and accountability when dealing with community resources and ratepayer funds. I will stand up for ratepayers and ensure we are consulted on major issues and projects. I will also make sure that we are kept up to date on HBRC news and events happening in our district. I’m from Wairoa, if I win we all win.

email: pahauwera.inc@gmail.com

Wilson, Fenton

Independent

My principal place of residence is in the Wairoa Constituency area

Fenton WIlsonMy name is Fenton Wilson and I am seeking a further term as your representative on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. I bring proven experience, connections to local and central government and a passion for Wairoa where I live and farm with my family. My platform for standing this year is transport connectivity for Wairoa, realistic rate increases and a focus on slowing wholesale conversion of pasture land to forestry which will ultimately cost us people and jobs. In my time we have enabled the resumption of rail freight out of Wairoa but we can do more. I will continue the push to get a bridge over the Waikare gorge and open up the road connection south. Regional rates have risen by over 40% GST inclusive, in the last three years. This must be reigned in as its hurting our community. If elected I will continue this work for Wairoa.

email: fentonwilsonfarmer@gmail.com

Loading...

Hawke's Bay Regional Council - Copyright © 2019 Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hawke's Bay Regional Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hawke's Bay Regional Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hawke's Bay Regional Council - www.hbrc.govt.nz / +64 6 835 9200 / info@hbrc.govt.nz