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.
Elected as Mayor in November 2017
Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst is the Chair of Council and an ex officio member of all Council's committees.
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 currently holds a number of governance and community leadership positions. Her love of arts and culture and passion for youth development is fulfilled through her position as chair of the Edible Fashion Awards and advisor to the Orokohanga Music Trust. 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.
Ward: Hastings-Havelock North
Damon Harvey is born and bred in Hastings. He has a background in media, marketing and public relations.
Damon is the current chairman of Sport Hawke’s Bay, a board member of Surfing New Zealand and co-chair of the Jarrod Cunningham Youth Sport Trust. Damon and wife Anna live in Waipatu and have five daughters!
Damon is the chair of Council's Economic Development and Urban Affairs committee.
“I proud to live in Hastings and have a passion for our people and seeing them succeed. Hastings has so much to offer – a diverse culture, a great growing climate, vibrant CBD’s and awesome amenities and facilities.”
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