Your Council

Mayor

Alfred W Preece

awpreece@xtra.co.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
Ex Mayor Patrick Smith asked if I was interested in standing for the Council. My father spent 30 years including 17 years as County Chairman and I saw the time it took so I certainly wasn’t enthused about being a Councillor, but felt it had come at a time when it was right for me to do my share.
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
I enjoy the challenges, and the progress we have made.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
This is my home and always will be.

Deputy Mayor

Jeffrey Clarke

jc.sean@xtra.co.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
Actually it’s Owen who asked me if I was interested in standing for the Council, because Bruce Mills was retiring. I did think about it, and thought that it might be a good idea to have a fisherman on the council. I have been fishing in the Chathams for more than 25 years now. During this time there have been a lot of obstacles and hurdles for the islands and I thought maybe I could contribute in some other way to the Council to make this island go forward.
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
Being in the Council is challenging and rewarding especially when we see projects moving forward. Our duties sometime take a lot of our time from our family but I look at this in a positive way and believe that our island has a lot of potential for a brighter future.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
I made this my home because of the challenges that fishing brings. I enjoy the close knit of the community which is always there and makes us very resilient at a time of crisis.

Councillors

Monique Croon

monique.croon@cic.govt.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
When you live in a small community, everyone needs to get involved in whatever way they can. Having a positive can-do attitude makes a difference.  Being a Councillor is my way of being involved to support the community’s well-being and to ensure we have a sustainable future on our island. 
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
Despite the challenges there are lots of rewards. The knowledge that I have gained from being involved in Local Government is invaluable. It has changed how I think and make decisions. I enjoy talking to our community, hearing different viewpoints and working through solutions. I enjoy working with a team of Councillors who are also driven and passionate about the community they stand for.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
The landscape, the people, our uniqueness, and our future.

Keri Day

keri.day@cic.govt.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
I became a councillor at the last election. I was approached by a retiring councillor to see if I would consider putting my name forward. I had been on the Chatham Islands Enterprise Trust before and had enjoyed that experience so I thought I would give it a go.
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
I enjoy being around a meeting table trying to make living on the Chathams easier – whether that means addressing our infrastructure needs (fixing and maintaining wharves and roads), providing a library service or being involved with the Warm Homes initiative. There are so many roles that the Chatham Island Council has, and I enjoy learning and partaking in them all.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
I came home to the Chathams in October 2000. We were living in Sydney and we could give everything (sports coaching, great education,) to our then infant son Tiare there, except wide open spaces and whanau. At the end of the day whanau and the open space here on the Chathams is what makes the Chathams special to me. The Chathams is the best place in the world to bring young children up.

Gregory Horler

greg.horler@cic.govt.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
My reason for standing for council was that after 4 years as a trustee on the Enterprise Trust I felt that the Chatham Islands was starting to get the recognition that it deserved from the NZ Government, and by standing for council I felt that I could help the momentum continue.
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
I enjoy the fact that I can make a difference to the way the community functions.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
The Chatham Islands is a unique and special place to live because of the freedom, the people and the weather

Nigel C Ryan

nigel.ryan@cic.govt.nz

Joseph Tapara

joseph.tapara@cic.govt.nz

Nathaniel Whaitiri

nathaniel.whaitiri@cic.govt.nz

How did you become a Councillor and why?
Kaingaroa has in the past had someone on Council.  As the Chairperson of the Kaingaroa Club and someone who likes to have a say I was asked if I would stand for Council and I agreed.
What do you enjoy about being a Councillor?
Having the opportunity to be part of the process that helps set the standard and direction to meet the aspirations of the community.
What is special, to you, about living on the Chatham Islands?
Happy friendly people, and the lifestyle.  Most everyone knows everyone, we all wave when passing and even when people are or seem busy they can still stop for a yarn and/or a cuppa, or to help change your tyre.

Your Council »

Who we are, election results, governance statement… Read more »