Council Elections

It’s Election time again, wow, has it been three years….  

The information below is published at the request of the candidates and is in the order that we received their info.


Northland Regional Council





Bill Shepherd

A passionate and proud Northlander, I have enjoyed my first term as a councillor and Chairman of the Northland Regional Council. The outgoing Northland Regional Council has functioned well as a team, and we have collaborated extraordinarily well with other councils in Northland. Good progress has been made in the last 3 years but there is still much to do.

My previous experience working in farming, Treaty claims, business and tourism,
means that I understand the needs and issues of both rural and urban communities.I believe strongly in personal integrity, leadership, loyalty and trust – I pride myself on being able to see the “big picture”, being a team player, getting people to work together and being prepared to listen to people’s concerns.

“Northland’s future is inextricably linked to the progress of all of our citizens from all
ethnic groups – no exceptions.”

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Authorised by Bill Shepherd 151 Puketitoi Road, Purua


Whangarei District Council

Ian Peters
Hikurangi coastal is my birthplace and since my return to Whananaki in 2000 I have followed Whangarei Council politics with great interest. While rates have been accepted as revenue needed to provide the myriad of services required it seems to me that this philosophy should be strongly questioned. Good councils should live within their means, ratepayers cannot be expected to continually face rate increases.

It is time to demand that central government should share a proportion of Road User Charges back to local government for the betterment of rural roads. The future trend will be for greater interference from Central Government in local politics.

Local government needs councillors who are able to resist Central Government interference and demands.

Many years of working across various sectors of the financial, commercial, social and sporting organisations have fitted me well for being an effective councillor. Strong councils need experienced, reliable, and competent people who are confident enough in their views to enter into and support robust debate.

Standing for the Whangarei District Council as an independent is my preferred choice as i believe that to be truly effective this is the best practise model, decisions should be decided at the board room table rather than pre-meeting coalitions.

Ngunguru, Tutukaka and Matapouri are coastal icons with great future potential, local knowledge and views are paramount to good relationships and should be decided through public views rather than single issue decisions.

In standing for this election I do so confident in my ability to give you strong, sincere representation with a smile.

Authorised by Ian Peters
Whananaki South

09 4337074
022 4585422









Alex Wright

Hello, my name is Alex Wright.

I am 52 years old. I have been actively involved with dairy farming and raising a family.

Together with my husband Graham we have lived in Pipiwai for 31 years. We have four adult sons, three daughters and four grandchildren.

I have had two years experience on the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council. (2012-2014)

If I am successful in my campaign to be a Whangarei District Councillor I see my role as a delegate, listening to ratepayers  and taking ratepayers concerns and needs with me to Council.

I have presented three submissions to the Whangarei District Council (WDC) draft Annual Plan during the last three years. This submission process has given me a real insight into the operational and management process of WDC. It is this insight that drives my ambition to be your elected representative.

My aim on Council would be to address;

  • Rates (fair and square)
  • Roads (better funding allocation)
  • Rail (keep trains going and decrease trucks on roads)

I will strive to create a Fair Go for the Rural Ratepayer by speaking up and taking action.

Authorised by Alex Wright. Phone 0274705365.