Councillor Henare O'Keefe JP
Post: Private Bag 9002 Hastings 4156
Phone: 06 879 5298 (home)
Phone: 0274 321 890 (mobile)
Henare O’Keefe – Elected in 2007 Representing Flaxmere Ward
Special Responsibility: Ambassador for Hastings
Economic Development and Urban Affairs Committee
Social and Cultural Development Committee
Finance and Monitoring Committee
Planning and Regulatory Committee
Works and Services Committee
Civic Honours Award Subcommittee
Maori Joint Committee
Flaxmere Planning Committee – Liaison
Hip Hop Cop
Chairman, Te Aranga o Heretaunga Marae
New Zealands Community Hero 2012
International motivational speaker
Youth justice coordinator
A humble, loving, caring man of the people proactively working against violence. Henare’s creation of self-driven, hands-on approaches are spearheading practical initiatives to build community, especially in disadvantaged areas; reversing negative stereotypes; all with a can-do energy and a solid belief in the goodness of people.
Henare and wife Pam have fostered more than 200 children over a period of 17 years. Although world renowned opera singer Phillip Rhodes is perhaps the O'Keefes' most famous foster child many of their 'kids' have achieved their own goals and aspirations.
Achievements: 2010 awarded the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust Honoured Membership. Only the second time in its 30 year history it has been awarded to someone outside of Lions. 2011 awarded the Queen's Service Medal. 2012 named Kiwi Bank New Zealand’s Community Hero of the Year, this ahead of the Christchurch earth quake and Pike River dam disaster. 2013 presented with the Paul Harris Fellow award by Rotary International. In 2002 although not members Henare and Pam were awarded the Family values Award by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.