Maniototo Community Board

​​​​​​​The Maniototo Community Board has 5 members (4 elected, 1 appointed from Council). The Maniototo ward encompasses both the urban and rural communities and has a population of 1860. The main urban towns are Ranfurly and Naseby. The ward includes the settlements of Wedderburn, Oturehua, Pateraroa, Kyeburn and Waipiata.​​

Introducing your Board...

Robert Hazlett (Chair)

Mobile: 027 432 8968

I am a father of two and a partner in a family contracting business that has been based in Ranfurly for the past 70+ years.

I have lived and worked in the Maniototo all my life. I have been involved in numerous organisations such as the volunteer fire brigade, rugby and golf clubs. 

I have extensive knowledge of the Resource Management Act, having worked many years with the Otago Regional Council. 

It is really important that we continue to attract and encourage economic development to make our area viable for new families to settle. 

I have been on the community board for two terms, the last as the Chair. ​I believe I bring a positive, pragmatic approach to the Board; and have vast knowledge of the Maniototo community, and passion to improve local services and infrastructure. ​

Mark Harris (Deputy Chair)


I have worked in the Maniototo since coming here in 1980 in the farming industry as a fencing contractor, farm manager and famer. 

I am married to Jane and we have two children who were born, raised and schooled in the Maniototo. Jane is a nurse at the hospital and covers the medical centre. 

I am a member of the Maniototo Lions Club and I spent 11 years on the Maniototo Area School Board of Trustees.

I have had two previous terms on the Maniototo Community Board, the last term as Chair and look forward to representing the community again.

I think as a Community Board it is our role to keep Maniototo issues in front of Council to keep and enhance our current services.

Stu Duncan

Mobile: 021 224 2320

I am a fourth generation farmer from White Sow Valley in the Maniototo. My wife Lorraine and I have three children. With my parents we are the owner-operators of The Wedderburn Cottages, providing accommodation to users of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

The further development and protection of the Central Otago area is extremely important to me. I believe this can be reached by balancing tradition and history, with fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial focus. It is vitally important that agriculture, being a major contributor to our economy, has a voice around the council table. As a land owner I am able to advocate for farmers on issues relating to water and the land. For my children I want to create an environment of support and opportunity, while retaining the important aspects a lifestyle in a rural community offers.

I bring skills to Council that have been developed through our successful businesses and from three terms on the Maniototo Community Board.  My strong sporting involvement, as committe member of a variety of clubs and a rail trail operator has given me a sound understandign of the recreational requirements of the region.

Throughout my life I have been involved in a wide range of activities and projects. I relish the challenges that local body politics offer and look forward to continuing to positively channel my determination and energy for the benefits of Central Otago.​

Duncan Helm

Mobile: 027 276 7022

I was born and raised in the Maniototo. My brother and I run a sheep and cattle farm together.

I was very involved in sport playing cricket for Gimmerburn, curling for Garabaldi and rugby for the Gimmerburn Pateatoa club and continued to play rugby when the Gimmerburn Patearoa club amalgamated with Ranfurly forming the Maniototo Maggots. I am now a ​life member of the club. 

In 2003 I joined St John ambulance as a volunteer and have obtained by National Diploma becoming an Emergency Medical Technician. I enjoy my time being on callf or the Ranfurly ambulance, and working with and teaching the volunteers. 

Sue Umbers

​Phone: 03 444 9681​

This is my sixth term with the Community Board.

I enjoy being involved in community affairs and listening to the issues that matter in the community. I have been involved in establishment of two community plans and am the Board's representative to the Maniototo Community Arts Council. 

I have a wee patch of land and breed Welsh ponies and have grandchildren that keep me busy. 


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