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Mayor & CouncillorsTe Koromatua, Ngā Kaikaunihera me Ngā Poari

The elected Council is made up of the Mayor and 14 Councillors. They are responsible for determining local legislation and defining the overall vision for the city. The Mayor and Councillors appoint a chief executive to manage Council operations and lead the Council's administrative organisation. The chief executive has statutory powers granted by the Local Government Act and other powers granted at the discretion of the elected Council.

The chief executive is responsible for:
• Advising the Mayor and Councillors on policy matters.
• Ensuring any policy adopted by Council is correctly implemented.

The chief executive performs these responsibilities by delegating tasks and authority to a senior management team and other Council staff.

Sandra Hazlehurst

Sandra Hazlehurst

Mayor

Mayor

Elected as Mayor in November 2017

Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst is the Chair of Council and an ex officio member of all Council's committees.

Personal statement

Sandra was born and raised in Hastings. She is a company director and manages several businesses alongside her husband Mark. In 2006 she was elected Chair of the Hastings City Business Association, a role she held for four years. During that time, Hastings City Business Association employed Sandra to attract new business to Hastings by promoting the city both regionally and nationally. This role led her to stand in 2010 for Hastings District Council.

Sandra had been a Councillor for six years where she held a number of governance and community leadership positions.  She was elected Mayor in a By-election in November 2017, and re-elected Mayor in October 2019.  Sandra is the first female Mayor for Hastings.

As a Councillor her most proudest achievements have been the development of the William Nelson Skate Park and the Havelock North Village Green Park development.  She was behind the introduction of City Assist to keep Hastings safe.

As Mayor, through her love of arts and culture and passion for youth development, she is a member of the Edible Fashion Awards Trust and a strong advocate for the Toitoi HB Arts & Events Centre. The opening of the Opera House will be one of the highlights of being Mayor to date.

Sandra has a real passion for the Hastings city centre and the wider district. She is a genuine Hastings District Council Brand Champion and is #hastingsproud.

She is the proud mother of two daughters, Alexandra and Beatrice.  Her most enjoyable recreational activities are to get out on her bike and enjoy our wonderful cycleways and to walk through our very beautiful Te Mata Park.

 

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Tania Kerr

Tania Kerr

Deputy Mayor

Mohaka Ward

Elected: 2008

Bayden Barber

Bayden Barber

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

Alwyn Corban

Alwyn Corban

Councillor

Heretaunga Ward

Elected: 2019

Malcolm Dixon

Malcolm Dixon

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2013

Damon Harvey

Damon Harvey

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

Eileen Lawson

Eileen Lawson

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2018

Simon Nixon

Simon Nixon

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2010

Henare O'Keefe JP

Henare O'Keefe JP

Councillor

Flaxmere Ward

Elected: 2007

Peleti Oli

Peleti Oli

Councillor

Flaxmere Ward

Elected: 2019

Ann Redstone

Ann Redstone

Councillor

Heretaunga Ward

Elected: 2016

Wendy Schollum

Wendy Schollum

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2017

Sophie Siers

Sophie Siers

Councillor

Kahuranaki Ward

Elected: 2019

Geraldine Travers

Geraldine Travers

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2001

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