Local Body Elections 2019

Get to know the Ngāi Tahu candidates who are standing for election in your takiwā. Please keep checking in, more candidate bios to come.

Candidate statements solely represent the individual and do not represent the views of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu or its Holdings Companies.

Bayden Barber

the Hastings/Havelock North ward, Hastings

Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Huirapa and Ngāti Tūrakautahi
“I have enjoyed working with our Mayor, fellow councillors and staff throughout the last term. In 2016 I campaigned on improving our drinking water safety, and the council has worked well together to address this issue. Our council is now leading the country for the provision of safe drinking water, with a huge amount of work and investment gone into upgrading our drinking water infrastructure over the past three years.”

The other key area that Bayden is focussed on is housing. “All Councils are struggling with affordable housing. Hastings District Council is working with private developers, social housing providers and iwi to build more homes, faster across the district. We currently have approximately 1000 homes either under construction or in the planning stage, including Waingākau, a 120-house development in west Flaxmere… but there is still more work to do.”

Bayden is chair of Health Hawke’s Bay and Te Pītau Health Alliance. He is a Trustee on the Māori Education Trust and is in the current cohort of the Institute of Directors, Mentoring for Diversity programme. He studied at Waikato University where he attained a Bachelor of Management Studies. Bayden is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo and is passionate about supporting the revitalisation of the Māori language.

Bayden was born in Hastings and lives with his whānau in Waimārama. Bayden descends from Kaihau Maikara Tamaheraki of Ngāti Kuri, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Huirapa and Ngāti Tūrakautahi.


Jay Robert Coote

Councillor – Invercargill City Council

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki
To represent the people of Invercargill and Bluff as a Councillor would be a privilege but also a responsibility. Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and thriving community and as an Invercargill City Councillor this is the best platform to ensure this is achieved. Most of my life I have worked alongside people, volunteer groups, sporting teams and local organisations in the region to strengthen the well-being of the community. I am a husband and father to a young family, and this drives my passion to make Invercargill and Bluff the best places for whānau and visitors to be in. Now is the perfect time for your Council to have leaders who will increase the awareness of our assets and use them collaboratively and effectively to take our region into the future.


Pania Coote JP, MSW, Dipswk, MANZASW

Southern District Health Board

(Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Porou)
People should not experience poor health care. They should not experience delay after delay. they should be referred to diagnostic services in a timely manner and have access to quality care services, responsive to their needs, regardless of their postcode. There should not be disparities between population groups…….there should be fairness in the health system.

What needs to change?

  • Strategic alignment of services, whole health system approach with an equity focus. Improve access to specialist services, regardless of where you live.
  • Develop faster treatment services, reduce delays.
  • Build business intelligence systems and shared care platforms across community, primary and secondary.
  • Create an environment of inclusion that capitalises on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, creativity and motivation that will enhance a changing health care environment.

Pania is Southland born and raised. Currently the Director of AwhiMai Consultancy, working in the area of Māori health and strategy. Formerly the Executive Director Māori Health for the Southern District Health Board, Pania has over 20 years’ work experience at all levels of the health system. With a Masters in Social Work and Community Development from the Otago University, Pania is well-versed in best practices and addressing health inequities. She respects the diversity in people and their culture.


James Daniels

Councillor – Coastal Ward, Christchurch

Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa, Tuwharetoa and Tainui
The Coastal Ward (Southshore to Brooklands, east of Tumara Park, Travis Wetlands and Anzac Drive) deserves strong, visible, vocal, local, energetic and experienced representation on Christchurch City Council. If elected, as a Councillor, I will be that.

I’m a Brighton Boy. I grew up, went to school, played sport, brought up kids and still live in this ward. Over the last nine years in particular, the Coastal community has been neglected and disrespected; our place is a mess and I will see that it’s tidied up.

Hundreds of locals have reached out and I’ve met with them to talk through their concerns which include water issues (drinking, storm and waste), rates, and overdue repairs to our infrastructure, estuary edge and commercial core in New Brighton.

Relationships are also very important and I will forge strong connections with other councillors, council staff and entities. Once these are established, we can move forward with more confidence and certainty and begin the regeneration we all desire.

Having said that, the only absolute promise I can make at this stage is, I will work harder than any other Councillor before me, on behalf of, and continue to communicate with, this community we call Coastal.

Your Vote, Your Voice


Carmen Houlahan

Mayor and Councillor – Dunedin City Council

(Ngāi Tahu, Ōraka-Aparima Rūnaka)
Ko Takitimu taku mauka
Ko Aparima taku awa
Ko Takitimu taku waka
Ko Harriet Watson te takatā
Ko Ngāi Tahu taku iwi
Ko Ōraka-Aparima taku rūnaka
Ko Takutai O Te Tītī taku marae
Ko Brent Wilson rāua ko Kate Wilson aku mātua
Ko Carmen Houlahan taku ikoa

Kia Ora I’m Carmen Houlahan I am running for both mayor and council in this year’ s Dunedin City Council elections.

I am standing because I grew up in Dunedin and I am concerned we are losing what is special about our city. A city where you can still get anywhere in 10 minutes – shop with ease, get to a beach and nature walks in minutes. The city is gridlocked, carparks are gone, and the bus service is lacking.

Our infrastructure is old and urgently needs replacing and we need more housing. Businesses in the CBD face long periods of disruption while infrastructure is repaired. This work needs doing but we risk an empty CBD if we do not support these retailers. I’d like Council to be more user friendly.

It is also a time of opportunity. I’d encourage more innovation and creative thinking by working with the tech and start-up communities to help solve some of the city’s problems. Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities let’ s make sure it stays that way.

A bit about me…I am passionate about the city. I have strong skills in governance, promotions, media and business that would benefit Dunedin. I am a member of the Institute of Directors, Dunedin Rotary Club, I regularly go to Te Kupeka Umaka Māori Ki Araiteuru (KUMA the Southern Maori Business Association) events and the Otago Property Investors Association. My professional career is varied. As a journalist I worked for daily and weekly newspapers, newswire services, edited magazines and was a columnist. During this time, I regularly covered Council meetings so have a good understanding of Local Government. I have worked as a marketing manager in Wellington managing large budgets, staff and projects. As a contractor I have worked on projects including the Christchurch rebuild, arts festivals and in the education sector. I am passionate about start-ups and have a masters in entrepreneurial business. My iwi is Ngāi Tahu. I am married with two children.

My website and Facebook page are:


Andrew Moreton

Invercargill Licensing Trust

Ngāi Tahu (Kāi Tahu)

I am a born and bred Southlander from Ngāi Tahu (Kāi Tahu) descent on my mother’s side.

I currently work as a commercial & residential licensed real estate salesperson with previous experience as the General Manager of Rugby Southland and Area Manager for Westpac.

I have decided to run for the Invercargill Licensing Trust as I have a long history of community involvement so thought I’d put my name in the hat as an effective and efficient way to give back to the community.

I want to ensure that the ILT remains relevant to all and with my business banking background with a strong level of business acumen and risk management, plus an entrepreneurial brain to the board table.

The ILT is investing heavily through cash reserves and borrowing into an exciting new hotel in the Invercargill CBD and this together with changing consumer hospitality trends requires a strong business minded board.

The ILT & ILT Foundation approve on average over $8m annually in grants to the community and I want to see less reliance on gaming revenue and an increase in profits from trading operations.

I am approachable and happy to answer any questions – [email protected]


Darlene Morgan

Mayor – Kaikoura District

Ngāi Tahu (Ngāti Kuri) – Te Arawa (Ngāti Pikiao)

Born and raised in Kaikōura I worked in the hospitality and tourism industry prior to distance study to gain my Bachelor of Education (Early Years) and am currently Centre Manager at Barnardos ELC. My mother spent much of her time supporting Takahanga marae and encouraged me to learn how to weave whāriki for the wharenui. I have been involved in Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura for a several years and was a representative on the Kaikoura High School BOT and also served on the executive for a time. I am currently on the St James/Molesworth working group advocating for a genuine partnership with DoC.

As a District Councillor from 2010-2016 it was clear that Council was lacking in cultural awareness and understanding. As Mayor it will be my aim to ensure that cultural awareness is strengthened and opportunities are provided to ensure that a genuine relationship is built between the Rūnanga and the Council to support the vision and goals of both whanau and the community for the benefit of all.

I am standing for greater transparency, accountability, affordability, community engagement and community leadership and with your vote for Mayor of Kaikōura District, I would be honoured to deliver it.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.
I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe, and ancestors.

Follow my campaign page on Facebook.


Tina Nixon

Mayor and Councillor – Masterton District

Ngāi Tahu – Awarua
No Mucking About decisive leadership is what you’ll get from me.

Your new council will make decisions and stick with them, to make Masterton a fantastic place. The three Wairarapa Councils must also work together to create efficiencies.

I want more transparent and sensible council business processes. Less fluff more facts. The new council will conduct a line by line review to better understand what’s core business and what’s low value spend.

Rates must go lower and farmers need a better deal from the rates system. They drive our economy.

I will fight for more resources from Central Government.

I will only stand for 2 terms – we need fresh ideas, not shiny bottoms.

We need to focus on our natural resources and water use is the most critical issue to address. We must have water storage and a water resilience plan all councils sign up to deliver.


Hinewai Ormsby

Councillor – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Napier

Wairewa, Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Mako

Hinewai Ormsby (nee Hawaikirangi) is a former Napier Girls’ High School Science Teacher and a Head Prefect in 2001, who is extremely committed to protecting and enhancing our environment. As a tourism business owner of the award winning Napier Māori Tours Limited she champions our regions natural beauty and character to the world.

Hinewai believes the protection of our Hawke’s Bay environment needs strong actions and not words. That’s why she has personally grown, planted, and gifted 4,000 native trees that have been planted along the waterways that flow into the Ahuriri Estuary. She is a family member of Forest & Bird Napier Branch, a Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay member, and co-wrote the Tūtaekurī River Management Plan working across the community to put in place a management plan to restore the ecological and environmental health of the Tūtaekurī River.

Hinewai runs workshops with the Napier Kindergarten Association in the practices of native tree seed collection, growing & planting. On the back of these workshops the Greenmeadows Kindergarten is the first to successfully plant 300 native flaxes and cabbage trees along the Taipo Stream that drains into the Ahuriri Estuary this winter 2019.

Hinewai is standing because she believes the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has the duty to protect our environment. She is concerned that water quality continues to degrade and our water is unswimmable every summer. She fondly remembers the days of swimming in the Ahuriri Estuary with her family as a kid, but year after year the estuary has become more of a risk at making her and her two young tamariki sick.

Hinewai believes she will bring an evidence based approach to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council if the voters of Napier elect her. She believes that the good work undertaken on the environment by the council in the last three years needs to be built on, after many years of poor environmental stewardship.

As someone who thinks Hawke’s Bay is the best place in the world to live, Hinewai wants to see our region thrive.

Join her journey on Facebook


Ben Parsons

Mayor – Thames-Coromandel District Council

(Kati Mamoe, Ngāti Maru, Ngāi Tūāhuriri)
I moved to Kōpū to start an organic market garden, Kaiwhenua, in 2011, which supplies spuds to the Colville Store. I provide an architectural drafting service from a solar-powered home studio and also work planting riparian areas. I am a volunteer rural firefighter, football coach, and sailing coach.

I am running for Mayor of Thames-Coromandel District Council. I want to motivate greater involvement of my own demographic in local body politics. I am keen to see more diverse, small scale and less environmentally damaging industries invest in our area; and a smart modern scientific approach to long term network infrastructure strategy; also return our forest park to Kauri forest. I care about the right to forage. I feel the spirit of our laws, both Westminster and Tikanga Māori, offer a clear pathway forward.


Craig Pauling

Councillor, Environment Canterbury in Christchurch West-Ōpuna

(Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Ngāti Mutunga)
Tēnā koutou e rau rakatira mā

Please support me in my bid to seek election to Environment Canterbury in 2019. I am standing for The People’s Choice in the Ōpuna – Christchurch West Ward to make a positive contribution to our region.

My Drivers
Being born and raised in Ōtautahi, I care deeply about our whenua and its future. And as a father, I am driven to help protect our unique natural and cultural heritage to provide a secure future for my children.

I believe this requires us to address the poor state of our waterways and biodiversity, as well as facing up to the challenges of a changing climate.

Being of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga, English, Scottish and Welsh heritage, I also understand the importance of balancing values and perspectives in an ever changing and challenging world.
I am an action and solutions focused person and believe we need creativity in making tough decisions. This includes exploring more diverse land use opportunities that result in real benefits for our environment, and our people.

My Experience
I have been involved in environmental action within our communities for over 20 years.
I worked at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for almost 15 years as part of Kaupapa Taiao and Toitū Te Whenua, as well as taking up roles at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

I currently work in the Te Hīhiri team at New Zealand owned environmental planning and design consultancy Boffa Miskell, and work extensively with our Papatipu Rūnanga.
I was an inaugural member of the CWMS Regional and Christchurch-West Melton Zone Committees, a former member of the Te Waihora Management Board, and am the current Chair of Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust.

I hold a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Management, and Post Graduate Certificates in Applied Science (Ecology) and Social Science from Lincoln University. I am also a qualified RMA hearings commissioner.

I am heavily involved in waka ama (outrigger canoeing), as well as upholding our mahinga kai practices – both of which help keep me grounded and connected to our natural environment.

Your support
Your vote counts, so please ensure you’re ready to be heard by voting – and ensure you support candidates that reflect your values.
It’s time to confront the challenges of climate change, and make the protection and enhancement of Canterbury’s unique heritage, waterways and biodiversity a priority. Together, we can make a difference.

Mauri ora ki a koutou.
Craig


David Shand

Capital and Coast District Health Board

Ngāi Tahu

I am running for the CCDHB because of our deteriorating public health system, particularly:

  • Underfunding, staff shortages and overworked staff.
  • Lack of equity and access to key health services for significant sections of the community, including Māori
  • The need to improve DHB governance

Funding is in Government’s hands. But good DHB governance through sound planning and prioritisation, rigorous monitoring of financial and service performance is key to improving DHB performance – and to negotiating adequate funding with the Government.

New issues facing the CCDHB include implementing the Government’s new mental health programme and national cancer strategy and integrating the new Children’s Hospital into the DHB’s operations.

I strongly support public health programs which focus on issues such as smoking prevention, mental health and health education.

I strongly support the CCDHB’s Māori Health Plan, to improve Māori health outcomes. See https://www.ccdhb.org.nz/
I have university degrees in accounting and economics.

I would bring extensive governance and financial management experience to the Board. This includes seven years as financial management advisor at the World Bank.

Website: votedavidshand.co.nz
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Vote-David-Shand-for-Capital-and-Coast-DHB-100158948038285/


Iaean Cranwell

Councillor, Environment Canterbury in Christchurch North East-Ōrei

(Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu)


Biography to come.