Eastern BOP General Constituency - 2 vacancies



Bill Clark

Douglas Leeder


Rotorua General Constituency - 2 vacancies



Katie Priscilla Paul (living and Working for Rotorua)

Rotorua voters tell me they have no idea what or who their Regional Councillor is. It's time for a fresh face. I live in and work for Rotorua. You'll find me working on Hinemoa Street or hanging out at Okere Falls cafe.

Like you, my rates bill is huge but I don't see very much for it. I want more services for the elderly, cheaper parking, better playgrounds and safer roads. I'm passionate about the environment. We need to educate our kids to Recycle. Grow our own food. Keep our lakes clean. Invest in sustainable forestry and tourism.

I have law and arts degrees. I've worked as a NZ diplomat overseas, for the government, with regional councils and for multimillion Boards and trusts. I'm a rural mother of two boys. I'm comfortable on the marae, on a farm or in a boardroom. Please help me- just tick one councillor- kapaiKATIEpai

Lyall Thurston

Kevin Winters


Tauranga General Constituency - 5 vacancies


Stuart Crosby

David Love

Paula Thompson

Andrew von Dadelszen

Stacey Rose




Okurei Maori Constituency - 1 vacancy

Te Taru White




Kohi Maori Constituency - 1 vacancy

Toi Kau Rakau Iti (Independent

Tiipene Marr (Independent)

Rau Rangatira ma tena Koutou Tatou katoa,

Born and breed Matata, I have served our people, the last 15 years, without favouritism for anyone Hapu, Iwi, I serve all equally, Climate change is happening, a lot of our coastal marae are under threat. We must change the way we think about the Taiao (environment), awa, whenua, moana, pollution, Farmers, animal ecoli, phosphates, nitrates, into rivers, Councils stormwater, sewerage outlets, going into the moana, Industries, siltation of our harbours, Ohiwa, Tauranga moana.

Komiti Maori, taking it to the our people, in the last three years, Hokowhitu marae, Omaio, Waiohau, Wairuru, Manukatutahi, many more in Okurei, Mauao rohe.

I've supported Opotiki Harbour and mussel farm.

Kiwi fruit in Te Whanau a Apanui.

Tuhoe with there river issues.

I oppose Opihiwhangakore development of 100 acre block.

Oppose overseas bottling companies, end of story.






Western BOP General Constituency - 2 vacancies

Norm Bruning (Independent)

I am enjoying working for you as your Councillor. I am a farmer on the outskirts of Omokoroa, where my family have farmed since 1945.

My focus this term has been as Chair of the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group successfully combining the aspirations of Iwi, Territorial and Regional Councils for the Tauranga Harbour, land management and enhancement of catchments by riparian fencing and planting of waterways with incentives.

I have effectively chaired the Rotorua Incentives Scheme to assist land owners to change land use to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua to a sustainable level. I also chair several of our River Scheme Advisory Groups in the east.

I've persuaded Council to contribute $1,225,000 over 5 years to work with the Kaimai Mamaku Forum and DOC for pest management and eradication in the Forest Estate subject to matching funding from Government.

I will continue to work for our people and environment.

Matthew Farrell (Independent)

As publisher of Lizard News and a former Radio New Zealand National BoP reporter, I've been engaged practically across the community, involved in issues ranging from court cases and environmental disasters to agriculture and transport.

I've volunteered with State Highway 2 safety campaigning, and causes from mental health support to Ōmokoroa Community Patrol.

Consider me a pragmatic, positive representative who wants to grow the good for the next generation, rather than the next election. With three children raised in the Bay, I understand a more sustainable future for all of us can begin today.

I share these values: I appreciate fresh air, the great outdoors and the importance of protecting water quality and harbour health.

My main issues for effective local government are fair costs, prudent spending, and fit for purpose services. I believe in accountability, transparency, honesty, hard work and common sense towards environmental regulation and its economic impact.

Jenny Hobbs (Independent)

My Vision is to see green corridors coming down from the Kaimai/Mamaku forests to the sea, with clean flowing water teaming with life, preventing sedimentation of harbours and helping restore the natural balance of fresh/salt water environments. We want to protect wildlife pathways and habitat within urban and rural development plans for the sake of future fauna and flora biodiversity.

As outgoing Chair of Katikati Community Board, I've served the Western Bay for six years, been a Board member of the Community Resource Centre and founded the EnviroKatikati Charitable Trust. With a farming background and a science degree, I'm also an avocado grower and a business owner and you can depend on me to represent you with energy and confidence. I'm a fierce advocate for the environment and our communities and I make this pledge: I will be visible in your community, listen to you and keep you informed.

Jane Nees

BSc, DipLibr, DipIS, MInstD

I am a family-oriented local businesswoman with a proven track record in management and governance and a passion to make a difference. 

I am Deputy Chair of the Regional Council and have been an effective, hard-working Councillor for four terms. I have governance experience on crown, publicly listed, local government and charitable boards.  I've worked as CEO of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and in senior management in Tauranga City Council.  I'm a Rotarian, past Rotary President, a Paul Harris Fellow, a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and a qualified hearings commissioner.

I offer excellent knowledge of environmental issues facing the Bay, vision and strategic thinking, common-sense, a great work ethic and a solution-focused approach. 

I support managed growth, environmental and economic sustainability, climate change action, and working in partnership with our community.

Vote for me for responsive, efficient and effective local government.


Mauao Maori Constituency - 1 vacnacy

Matemoana McDonald (Independent)

Tena koutou katoa

I'm Tauranga Moana born and bred.  Being tangata whenua means a lifetime responsibility and commitment to nurturing and protecting OUR place for OUR people. It has been a privilege to be your voice on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and a vote for me is a return to office to progress unfinished business.

With over 20 years local government experience I know what our communities want and how we can get there.  We have morphed from a predominantly rural community to one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The key in having a healthy and sustainable environment is to work more collaboratively to solve the challenges that lie ahead.  Communities need more say in what we do.

Vote for me so I can get on with the job of being your voice in caring for our piece of paradise.

No reira tena tatou katoa.

Riki Nelson