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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.

Sandra Hazlehurst

Sandra Hazlehurst

Mayor

Mayor

Elected as Mayor in November 2017

Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst is the Chair of Council and an ex officio member of all Council's committees.

Other Appointments

  • Hawke's Bay Museums Trust Joint Appointments Panel
  • Regional Sports Park Appointments Panel
  • Hawke's Bay Drinking Water Governance Joint Committee

Personal statement

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.

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Tania Kerr

Tania Kerr

Deputy Mayor

Mohaka Ward

Elected: 2008

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Bayden Barber

Bayden Barber

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

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Malcolm Dixon

Malcolm Dixon

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2013

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Damon Harvey

Damon Harvey

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

Ward: Hastings-Havelock North
Elected: 2016

Council Appointments

Portfolio Leader

  • Our Economy

Committees

  • Community Development Committee (Deputy Chair)
  • Finance and Risk Committee
  • Strategy, Planning and Partnerships Committee
  • Works and Services Committee
  • Community Grants Subcommittee
  • Opera House and Arts Precinct Subcommittee

Other Appointments

  • Hastings City Business Association
  • Havelock North Business Association
  • Regional Cycling Governance Group (Alternate)
  • Zone 3 representative

Personal statement

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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Rod Heaps

Rod Heaps

Councillor

Heretaunga Ward

Elected: 2004

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Eileen Lawson

Eileen Lawson

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2018

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George Lyons

George Lyons

Councillor

Kahuranaki Ward

Elected: 2013

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Simon Nixon

Simon Nixon

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2010

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Henare O'Keefe JP

Henare O'Keefe JP

Councillor

Flaxmere Ward

Elected: 2007

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Jacoby Poulain

Jacoby Poulain

Councillor

Flaxmere Ward

Elected: 2010

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Ann Redstone

Ann Redstone

Councillor

Heretaunga Ward

Elected: 2016

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Wendy Schollum

Wendy Schollum

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2017

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Geraldine Travers

Geraldine Travers

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2016

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Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Councillor

Hastings-Havelock North Ward

Elected: 2001

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