Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is made up of nine representatives elected by the community through the local body elections held every three years. Find out who your councillors are.
The most recent election was on 12 October 2019. Elected members are responsible for developing or approving all major policies to enable the Regional Council to achieve its vision for a prosperous region, a vibrant community, and a clean and healthy environment.
Hawke’s Bay region is divided into 5 constituencies. The rural constituencies of Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay are represented by one member each, Napier by three members, Hastings by three members and Ngaruroro by one member. Councillors elect the Chair at the first Regional Council meeting following a local body election.
I am a first term councillor, born and raised in Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay. I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture in 1998 at Massey University before returning home to work in the family farming business. I am married to Abbie with two young boys at home in Hatuma and two older boys at secondary school in Wellington. I love the opportunity to help Hawkes Bay prosper environmentally socially, culturally, and economically. Recently I joined the board of trustees at St Joseph’s, Waipukurau and will look to upskill myself where needed to assist in my new role as Regional Councillor.
We live on a small farm at Waimarama. I totally enjoyed representing Hawke’s Bay as a MP 2005-2017, always “Backing the Bay” and holding a wide variety of Ministerial portfolios. Of all the places have lived around the world Hawke’s Bay is simply the best! I enjoy fishing from my jetski, walking the beach with my wife, helping with our daughters equestrian sport, chilling out at cafes & wineries and of course, our home. I am a member of Transparency International, a Director at Horse of The Year, and am involved with companies that use technology and business opportunities to improve our environment.
Tēnā koutou, ko Hinewai Ormsby āhau. I am a proud local and descendent of the first settlers in Hawke’s Bay. My experience as a science teacher, business owner, native tree nursery grower, trustee on 3 boards, community project manager and mother of two, has prepared me for this Regional Council role. It is a pleasure to represent Hawke’s Bay, with all the greatness our region has to offer. I look forward to collaborating with fellow Councillors, staff and our community to drive long-term restoration of our natural environment for the benefit of this generation and the generations to come.
I am a first term Councillor representing the Napier Constituency. My wife and I moved to Napier in early 2008 and we have since raised our two children here, now attending their final years at High School in the region. My branch of the Williams family has lived in Hawke’s Bay since the 1860s, although I grew up elsewhere in the North Island, with my parents returning to live in Napier in 1985. I have worked as a lawyer specialising in local government and environmental law since 1995, graduating in law after first completing an honours degree in biological science at Massey University.
I came to New Zealand in the early 80s as a backpacker from Holland after completing my studies in Agricultural Civil engineering. I started my career in fruit growing as most do, picking apples. Soon I became self employed and started my own labour contracting business. This was followed quickly by land ownership. One of NZ largest pipfruit growing companies offered me a management position which I ran in parallel with my own export production. During that time I represented the pipfruit industry at government level to contribute to the development of The National Seasonal Horticulture and Viticulture Seasonal Labour Strategy. I am now responsible for the overall National Strategy for Seasonal Labour in the Horticulture and Viticulture industry which has been instrumental in the development of the RSE scheme and the complete turn around of the seasonal labour market in New Zealand. During that time I, being community minded, instigated two grower Co-ops. Pick Hawke’s Bay to assist small to medium growers access RSE and New Zealand seasonal labour, and the Twyford Irrigators Group to manage irrigation water in a more sustainable way. In 2019 I was elected as the representative for the Ngaruroro Constituency on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. I still, however, find time to be a HB Cherry grower in my spare time.
Kia ora Hawkes Bay My partner Vilma and I have 5 children and we are proud to call Mohaka our home. We have 35 acres there and we enjoy fishing on the Mohaka and the amazing lifestyle on offer in the Wairoa district. As one of your new councillors I am real keen to get alongside our communities to work towards a healthy and thriving region. Economic development is high on the agenda, carbon neutral is high on the agenda, and protecting our water is up there as well. It’s going to be an exciting three years – looking forward to it.
Find out more about your Councillors and their aspirations as we come into the long term plan.
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