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. The main urban towns are Ranfurly and Naseby. The ward includes the settlements of Wedderburn, Oturehua, Pateraroa, Kyeburn and Waipiata.
Introducing your Board...
Note: Elected members returning to the Maniototo Community Board are profiled below. Coming soon - profile of new community board member Rebecca McAuley.
Robert Hazlett (Chair)
Mobile: 027 254 4098
I was born in the Māniatoto and have spent most of my working life here mainly involved in a family business. I currently run the Hawkdun-Idaburn irrigation company as their contractor.
I was a member of the Ranfurly Fire Brigade for 25 years, which was a great experience working with many different individuals.
I am a member of Maniototo Golf Club and played rugby for the Ranfurly club and the Maniototo Maggots.
I am into my fourth term on the community board with this being my third as chairman. I believe it is a priority to keep a local focus on all of the CODC communities.
Mark Harris (Deputy Chair)
I have worked in the Māniatoto 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 Māniatoto. 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 three previous terms on the Maniototo Community Board, including a term as Chair and look forward to representing the community again.
I think as a Community Board it is our role to keep Māniatoto issues in front of Council to keep and enhance our current services.
Mobile: 021 224 2320
I am a fourth-generation farmer from White Sow Valley in the Māniatoto. 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 four terms 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 benefits of Central Otago.
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.
I 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 call for the Ranfurly ambulance, and working with and teaching the volunteers.
Profile coming soon.