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Election ResultsNgā whakatau pōtitanga

WALKER Alex Mayor

I love the way that we live, work and play in Central Hawke’s Bay. And I know that you do too.

My leadership will continue to be one of listening, transparency, and of new approaches to progress in our council and in our community. Delivery of good governance, infrastructure and financial sustainability are crucial to our future success.

I have knowledge and determination –  a Masters’ degree in Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

I have governance and strategy experience – in business, in community organisations, and now 3 years as Mayor of a thriving Central Hawke’s Bay.

I am partner to Billy and a mother-of-three who is very involved in our wider community – including schools, business, sports, theatre, music and farming.

Above all, I will continue to bring the energy, strength and commitment to serve the whole of our community.

AITKEN Tim AramoanaRuahine

Tim Aitken, a national and international award-winning farmer, born and raised in CHB. Tim has a strong skillset for working with various people at all levels after years working at a range of positions through to Board level in the NZ Deer industry. He has completed many professional courses and a Prof Master’s Degree Majoring in Agribusiness.                                                                   

Tim has a clear understanding of governance and management and strong skills in researching, evaluating and implementing plans.

Tim’s focus for his next term on council includes freshwater security among all communities, looking at smarter ways for the council to do business, attracting and retaining new businesses into CHB and ensuring that council delivers on the expectations that the community has on the three waters project.

I would like council to continue asking questions. Are services delivering what is expected, can we do it better and more efficiently?

ANNAND Kelly RuataniwhaWard

It has been a complete honour and privilege to represent Central Hawke’s Bay for the past 6 years and the amazing people that choose to call this place, home. I continue to be committed to supporting the good work this council has started, through community, social and economic development, implementing the actions from the housing framework, waste minimisation, wastewater and the 3 waters review. The next three years will be ensuring that we set things in motion to make “thrive survive”, past personalities and becomes sustainable into the future. I am passionately local and would love your support to continue to be a part of the great work that has begun.

CHOTE Tim1 RuataniwhaWard

It has been a privilege to have served the last three years on council. A council that has had a lot of new faces but one that I have learnt a lot in and believe there is still a lot to do.
What I stood for in the last election has not changed. I am for the community.

My family has lived in Central Hawke's Bay for four generations. Married to Penne, with two children, Alice who is a Solicitor, and William with a Commerce Degree, who works in the family business. Both children reside in Central Hawke's Bay.
Since the last elections I have taken full ownership of Chote Bros Transport and now own the Appliance shop in Waipawa.
I believe I have the experience and vision to make a valuable contribution to council.
An honest, hard working,loyal candidate with common sense is offered you

GREER Jerry AramoanaRuahineWard

I am a Central Hawkes Bay farmer, who alongside my family, farm beef and dairy in Central and Southern Hawkes Bay.

Central Hawkes Bay has a very rich history, of which I believe we can preserve and build on now, and with the future generations to come.

I have a very keen interest in all things Central Hawkes Bay. I was born in Waipukurau, and now with all my family living and working close by, this just endorses to me the importance of keeping Central Hawkes Bay at the forefront of growth and good governance. This in turn will keep all our rural communities and towns alive and thriving.

I believe, collectively as a council, we can work together through the water issues that have been at the forefront of nearly everybody’s minds in recent history.

Central Hawkes Bay - Just add water and watch it grow!

MINEHAN Gerard RuataniwhaWard

Being a first term CHB District Councillor, it has been a honour representing you all over the past 3 years.

With your support, I want to continue to be the voice for our ratepayers in the Ruataniwha Ward and also for the wider CHB Community.

I consider myself the eyes and ears for our community on the ground. I am the type to bring pragmatic and common-sense thinking approach around the council table. It is not my intention to lecture my role is to listen and to air your concerns.

I have maintained my connection with our community by having a shop (Story's Clothing) in the middle of Waipukurau Township and people can come in and talk to me at any time.

We must also never forget that we are the employees of the ratepayer and we must find solutions that make rates affordable for all.

MUGGERIDGE Brent AramoanaRuahineWard

I am married to Donna with one son, Seth. I’m a keen sportsman, fisherman. I have done one term on council. As a company accountant I have used my experience to promote more transparency in the financial reporting within the council.

In 2016 it was “Time for Change”.

Change has been large scale. I am proud to have been part of a team that has transformed the CHB District Council into a more approachable, professional organisation to deal with.

Now however is not the time for complacency as we continue to explore and implement the best solutions to the issues that face CHB.

With the maintenance and increasing compliance costs, coupled with the phenomenal growth in our area, our aging infrastructure needs substantial capital investment. The financing and phasing of these upgrades is the biggest challenge facing todays council. We must have experienced, well informed decision makers on council.

TAYLOR Kate AramoanRuahineWardI am a freelance rural journalist, author and volunteer firefighter who has lived in CHB since 2004. Thomas and I have always lived and worked rurally so I want to be a strong rural voice on council. I’m a firm believer in doing the basics well to keep the district healthy and prosperous; let’s build on the great work done by the current council. I have been a self-employed writer for 19 years, run the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards and have previously worked for RoadSafe HB and NZ Farmer newspaper. I was a Kellogg Rural Leadership graduate in 2017, elected to the CHB Consumers Power Trust in 2018, and wrote a book celebrating 50 years of the Young Farmer of the Year.  I held positions from club to national level in Young Farmers, as well as playcentre, kindergarten, school PTA, local sports organisations and the Takapau Fire Brigade.



Kia ora my name is Exham Wichman, born and bred in Central Hawke’s Bay myself, I knew that CHB is the only place for my wife and I to raise our family.

I would like to give back to the community that has shaped me. Through sport and coaching, I have leadership skills that I impart to local rugby players. Through living in a small rural township like Otane, I know the importance of community and what it means to take part and engage with what's going on. As a father I am passionate about preparing my kids for the world by starting in our own backyard and ensuring that the future of our region is a sustainable one, and as a Māori I know I can give a voice to those who may feel unheard.
My professional life reflects these same qualities and enhances my ability to communicate positively.


2019 Triennial Elections - Declaration of Result

Results from can be found here

Mayoralty Votes
Walker, Alex 4,984
Scowen, Darcie Meremere Tu Ahiahi    334
Informal       4
Blank Voting Papers    136
Aramoana-Ruahine Ward (4 Vacancies)  Votes
Taylor, Kate 2,118
Aitken, Tim 1,843
Greer, Jerry 1,819
Muggeridge, Brent 1,686
Maaka, Hirani    742
Scowen, Darcie Meremere Tu Ahiahi    322
Informal        2
Blank Voting Papers      58

The voter return was 54.56%, being 5,407 votes, excluding special votes.

 Candidates in the Ruataniwha Ward were elected unopposed.

Preliminary Results for Hawke's Bay Regional Council Elections 2019


Central Hawke's Bay Constituency (1 Vacancy) Votes
Foley, Will 3316
Kuklinski, Tony 1512
Informal      4
Blank Voting Papers  173
Hawkes bay district health board picHawke's Bay District Health Board 2019 Triennial Elections - Preliminary Result view here



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