Meet the next generation of elected leaders in Taranaki, Manawatū and Hawkes Bay

ActionStation are profiling inspiring young independent candidates who are standing in local elections around NZ.

A colourful collage of seven young people in different outdoor settings
Young independent candidates standing for local councils in 2019

The following candidates are standing in the Taranaki, Manawatū and Hawkes Bay regions.

Katherine Blaney

36, New Plymouth District Council

Katherine in front of the lake at New Plymouth Botanical Gardens

Aleisha Rutherford

29, Palmerston North City Council

Aleisha, holding pēpi, in front of the wooden council doors which say ‘Welcome — Haere Mai’

Amanda Clinton-Gohdes

32, New Plymouth District Council

Amanda standing outside with the maunga (mountain) behind her at sunset

Elvisa Van Der Leden

28, Taranaki Regional Council

Elvisa is painting a swimming penguin onto a fence

Jake Brookie

25, Napier City Council

Jake standing on a boardwalk that goes through a wetland

Nichola Nicholson

34, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Nichola standing in a bush setting

Oliver Taylor

18, Hastings District Council

Oliver in shirt and tie sitting in tussock grass

Tangi Utikere

39, Palmerston North City Council

Tangi in a gallery space putting his arm through a glowing machine of some kind, laughing, with two friends smiling

Want to read more profiles? Check out inspiring young independents running in other areas too:

Want more information before voting?

The Spinoff has a great website with profiles on candidates at this link:

How to vote

Voting is open from 20 September till midday 12 October.

By voting in the local election, and supporting friends or whānau members to join you, we will multiply the impact of our community and elect councillors that will advocate for the ecosystems that sustain life.



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