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Nominations for Mayor

Bayden Barber

Bayden Barber

Bayden is running for Mayor because he wants to contribute to the community that his family is growing up in. He has a strong vision to see our district become the best place in New Zealand to live and work. He wants to see Hastings thrive, with good jobs and good opportunities for our kids, building on its reputation as the “fruit bowl” of New Zealand. 

Bayden was elected to council in 2016. He chairs the Health Hawkes Bay Board, and runs a strategic consultancy business specialising in strategy & resources management.  

If elected Mayor, Bayden will prioritise safe water, reducing regulation, keeping rates under control and home ownership. For Hastings to thrive Bayden believes council needs to provide great core services and cost effective housing.

Bayden, his wife & family live at Waimarama. He is heavily involved in sport, community development & church.


Sandra Hazlehurst

I am a hard-working, passionate and inclusive leader.  Since being elected in 2010, I’ve been Chair of District Development, Deputy Mayor, and I am currently Acting Mayor. These roles have given me a strong understanding of our district’s challenges, and its opportunities. I want Hastings District and its City to be vibrant, with a sustainable and growing job market, and a strong sense of culture and identity.

I believe efficient local government services make a huge difference to people’s lives. As Mayor I will build a united, innovative Council that brings new ideas to grow a thriving Hastings District.

Safe drinking water is my priority. Protecting our Heretaunga Plains is vital to our prosperity. I am committed to the care and sustainability of our natural resources.

It’s an honour to serve our community, and to build and implement a vision for the future of our people and our place.

NIXON Simon JH MayorSimon Nixon

My principal place of residence is in the Hastings District Council area.

I am a 3rd term Councillor and acting Deputy Mayor. I understand HDC procedures and history. I have commerce qualifications, significant experience in senior management positions with major corporations, and for many years owned and worked in my own orchard and subsequently media business.

If elected my priorities will be:
Core infrastructure especially fixing drinking water issues, affordable community amenities, land for housing and industry.
Plus sensible use of ratepayers money, greater transparency.

Also seeking a fairer share of government funding for tertiary education, resisting efforts by central government to shift their responsibilities onto local councils.

I remain committed to my 13 year campaign for more affordable air services.

This council the most effective of the three I have served on and I ask for your support so I can lead this rejuvenated organisation.

 Stuart PerryPERRY Stuart Mayor JPEG1

I bring 30 years of executive management experience, an in-depth understanding of local and central government and fresh lateral thinking how our community can grow.

I have enjoyed city and rural life in provincial NZ. My wife and I live on a lifestyle block in rural Hastings. My career includes senior roles in tourism and economic development through New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands.

Having an intimate knowledge of the workings of local government, I believe we can expect better growth, improve the management of our communities and keep rates under control.

I know how Hastings can grow. With a clear vision for the future, a positive attitude together with honesty and integrity, a new council that works for the people without overburdening them with bureaucracy, we will make a change. More on

The Ratepayers deserve better and as such, I would be proud to serve as your Mayor.

TOSH Allister Mayor JPEGAllister Tosh

If I am given the honour of the mayoralty of Hastings, I believe I have the experience, integrity and determination to make Hastings council a financially viable role model all our councils to aspire to. By creating jobs and training opportunities for all. Through my life's experiences pave our youth a path to see an optimistic light at the end of the tunnel, which if you ask people they will tell you I have helped at risk Youth through my life for no financial gain. I will work tirelessly to bring a fairer equality for the distribution of our precious commodity water for which I have deep concern. To work with our social services, schools, hospitals and recycling services. To use my people skills to bring about a positive atmosphere so these employees feel there worth which will also stem corruption. Vote Allister to make Hastings a happier healthier tomorrow.


TUPAEA Waitawhara

Waitawhara Tupaea

My principal place of residence is in the Hastings - Havelock North Ward. I am also running for Hastings Mayor By –election.

This place is my home; my turangawaewae.  I live on papatuanuku’s (mother earth) rich and warm back.

We are truly lucky to be here in this place. But we are not immune to the wheels falling off the economic machine. Once a statement injecting fear unfortunately is reality - our rivers and water are suffering, our people are getting sick, our people are working low-paid, low-quality work; our small-medium businesses become botique as big box-stores re-center the CBD. And our people are losing hope.

Transparency, integrating our greenspaces within our town, going beyond recycling to a zero-waste mentality, paying our staff and councilors the living wage  are a few ways we can do to make our Hastings thrive and resilient.

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