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 of my life and am currently a member of the Ranfurly Volunteer Fire Brigade as a training officer. I also coach Junior Rugby and assist with the Junior Curling Coaching

It is really important that we retain services in the Maniototo, continue to attract and encourage economic development to make our area viable for new families to settle.

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

I believe I can bring a positive, pragmatic approach to the Board, I have vast knowledge of the Maniototo and its community and have a passion to improve local services and infrastructure.

Sue Evans (Deputy Chair)

Phone: 03 444 9531
Mobile: 021 154 4770

I am married to Richard and have three adult children and five grandchildren. I have lived in the Maniototo for 49 years. It is a wonderful community to bring up your family and have the opportunities to contribute to.

I attended the Maniototo Area School and trained as a nurse. My nursing career began at the Maniototo Hospital and continued with my position at the Chalet Rest Home. I was Manager of the Chalet for 9 years.

Owning the E-Central Cafe in Ranfurly provided me with valuable insight into the economic and cultural development of the Maniototo area.

Members of our community encouraged me to put my name forward for re-election this year.

I have enjoyed being a member of the Maniototo Community Board for the past three years, supporting the members of our community. I am looking forward to contributing as a member and participating in the
ommunication, consultation and discussions at our MCB meetings.

The future development of the Maniototo community and support of its residents is very important to me. The Maniototo Community haexciting times ahead, with the new development of the hospital and also the Maniototo Area School.

Stuart Duncan​

Mobile: 021 224 2320

I am a 49 year old fourth generation farmer from White Sow Valley in the Maniototo.  My wife Lorraine and I have three school aged children.  With my parents we are the owner operators of The Wedderburn Cottages, providing accommodation to users of the Central Otago 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 representative and 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 the Council, that have been developed through our successful businesses and from six years on the Maniototo Community Board. My strong sporting involvement, as committee member of a variety of clubs and a rail trail operator has given me a sound understanding 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 benefit of Central Otago. I feel it is time that my generation steps ups and becomes more involved in shaping the future of our region. ​

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 Patearoa club and continued to play rugby when the Gimmerburn Patearoa club amalgamated with Ranfurly forming the Maniototo Maggots. After my retirement from rugby I became the club’s first aider which I still continue to do. This year I was made a life member of the club of which I am very proud.


In 2003 I joined St John ambulance as a volunteer and have obtained my National Diploma becoming an Emergency Medical Technician.  I enjoy my time being on call for the Ranfurly ambulance and working with and teaching the volunteers. I am also on the Ranfurly St John committee.


Sue Umbers

Phone: 03 444 9681

This is my fifth 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 the establishment of two community plans and am the Council representative to the Arts Council.

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

​MCB Public Forum 

Did you know that the Maniototo Community Board has a regular Public Forum opportunity at its six-weekly meeting? There's a slot (up to an hour) reserved prior to each of its ordinary meetings for the public to bring an issue before the Board.  Read these Public Forum Guidelines to find out more

Page reviewed: 10 Nov 2016 2:59pm