Cromwell Community Board

​​​​The Cromwell Community Board (CCB) has 7 members (4 elected from within the ward, 3 appointed Councillors from the ward).

It represents the Cromwell ward, which encompasses both the urban and rural communities. The main urban centre is Cromwell. The ward includes the settlements of Bannockburn, Pisa Moorings, Lowburn and Tarras. Main geographic boundaries include the Roaring Meg (Kawarau Gorge), Lindis Pass, just before Luggate and Champagne Gully to the east in the Cromwell Gorge.​​​​​


Introducing your Board...​

Neil Gillespie (Chair)

Phone: 03 445 0669
Mobile: 027 433 4856

My day job is Project Manager with Contact Energy – part of the electricity industry that I've worked in since leaving school in 1978.

I have a passion for Cromwell and the Central Otago district along with a strong commitment to its ongoing growth and prosperity.  I was born in Cromwell and am privileged to have been "back home" since 1985 and, along with Joy, raise our four children here.

I've been a member of the Cromwell Community Board since 1998 and was elected the Chairman in 2001.  I have also been a Cromwell Ward Councillor since 2001 and the Council's Deputy Mayor since November 2010.  I currently chair the Council's Planning and Environment Committee and am a member of the Council's Audit and Risk Committee, Hearings Panel, Emergency Management Committee, Awards Selection Committee and the Executive Committee.

Other interests include being the Deputy Chief Fire Officer with the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade and I'm the Secretary of the Clyde & Districts Emergency Rescue Trust.  I am also a member and past president of the Wanaka Rodeo Club and a Trustee of the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association. 

Central Otago continues to face significant challenges and opportunities as we grow and develop.  As elected members we need to understand the views and needs of the community.  Council shouldn’t be the barrier to these but needs to enable them to be provided for where appropriate while mindful of the costs on the community. 

My extensive experience in the electricity industry and local government together with my other community interests has enabled me to develop an understanding of communities and I’m committed to understanding all views and ensuring they are considered in the decision making process.

Shirley Calvert (Deputy Chair)

bile: 021 252 6916

Being born in Cromwell, Central Otago has always been “home”.

Educated at three universities (education, parks and recreation and sport sciences), I taught and lectured before travelling and working with New Zealand Sports teams as a Sports Medic and Massage Therapist.
After taking early retirement, I returned to my roots in Central Otago.

Making submissions to Board and Council for the Community Plan Group gave me an initial understanding of Council processes. I now have three years of hands-on Community Board and Council experience and plan to consolidate this during the next three years.

Being a keen gardener, I try to practice and live by sustainable principles wherever possible. I keep my hand in with Sport Massage, teach Pilates and drive the transfer ambulance for Dunstan Hospital.

Education and presenting clearly understood information to our communities are priorities for me. They are essential for enabling the public to make informed decisions about what they want in their communities.

Establishing a plan for affordable housing is another priority. I also want to see everyone getting the best value from our public resources while being able to preserve and appreciate the unique and special part of the world that is Central Otago.

Annabel Blaikie

Mobile: 027 241 6619 

I am proud to call myself a long term Central Otago local and I have a great affinity for this diverse region. Having recently re-established my recruitment agency in Cromwell I feel the time is right for me to stand up and represent the interests of the Cromwell community.

My partner and I live in Tarras so I also believe I am well versed to communicate the interests of the rural community having been brought up on a sheep and beef farm in Eastern Southland.

Central Otago is unique in New Zealand, both in terms of its natural beauty, lifestyle and employment opportunities but it is also experiencing pressure from its own success. I intend to advocate for sensible and sustainable development and protect the values that this region holds so dear. The tourism and development growth inevitably leads to pressure on infrastructure and during my first term I intend to digest all information presented to me so I can fully understand the issues at hand to then develop strategies with the team and Central Otago District Council.

I welcome the challenge and look forward to the next three years.

Robin Dicey

Phone: 03 445 1606
Mobile: 027 445 1006

A retired grape grower who enjoys:

* local politics

* tennis

* building things

* 4WD travel to remote places


Anna Harrison 

Phone: 03 445 0646
Mobile: 021 190 0050

I have lived in Cromwell for nearly 15 years with my husband and three sons who are now in their late teens and early twenties. I am Deputy Principal at Goldfields School. We came here for the fabulous Central Otago lifestyle of sun, lakes, mountains and wine and we love living and working in this beautiful part of the world. 


I am excited by the growth in Cromwell and the opportunity this gives us to develop our dynamic, diverse community; for now and for the future. 


Nigel McKinlay

Phone: 03 445 4262
Mobile: 027 474 1961
Email: ​

I live in Bannockburn and, with my wife Pauline, own and operate GATE 20 TWO Vineyard.

I have wide experience in manufacturing and retail, have served on several national trade organisations, and belonged for four years to the Small Business Advisory Group, set up in 2002 to advise Cabinet on small business.

I have also served on community groups and am a past president of Dunedin's Fortune Theatre.

This is my second term on Council and my third on the Cromwell Community Board. I believe strongly in the Cromwell district and in Central Otago. Promoting economic progress, and the cost and efficiency of local government are areas of interest.

For relaxation I enjoy reading, bridge, gardening and tennis.

Werner Murray

Mobile: 027 445 6845
Email: ​

I love living in this district and am passionate about being part of Cromwell’s bright future as a member of the Cromwell Community Board.

As an urban and regional planner, I will use my experience to ensure the sustainable development of our town.

I am committed to seeing Cromwell’s economy grow and feel strongly about keeping the communication channels between Council and our residents open, so that we can make informed decisions about the direction in which Cromwell is heading. The Community Board exists to give residents a voice on Council matters. 

Contact me for a chat anytime - I am a great listener. 

Page reviewed: 19 Sep 2017 3:46pm