Your Councillors

The Council is made up of the Mayor plus nine councillors and is responsible for the governance and setting policy for the Council. There are three wards in the South Wairarapa district, with three councillors elected from each ward. Although the councillors are elected from a particular ward they must consider the impact on the whole district when making decisions.

The Council employs the Chief Executive Officer who is responsible for the operational running of the organisation.

This document details the Ward boundaries.

Below are the contact details for the Council for the 2019 – 2022 triennium.


Mayor Alex Beijen

Email: themayor@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 306 9611 xtn 832 (day)
Mobile:  0274 888 266

Memberships: Council (Chair), CEO Review Committee (Chair), Grants Subcommittee (Chair), Hearings Committee, Wairarapa Economic Development Task Group, Wairarapa COVID-19 Recovery Joint Committee, Regional Transport Committee, Remutaka Hill Road Working Party, Wellington Water Committee, Wellington Regional Leadership Joint Committee, Wairarapa Committee, Wairarapa Moana Governance Group.


Councillor Garrick Emms (Deputy Mayor)

Ward:  Featherston
Email: garrick.emms@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: (027) 444 1193

Memberships: Council, Deputy Mayor, Featherston Community Board, Māori Standing Committee, CEO Review Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Assets and Services Committee, Water Race Subcommittee, Grants Subcommittee, Community Awards Working Party, Wairarapa Policies Working Group, Regional Transport Committee (alternate), Wellington Water Committee (alternate), Wellington Regional Leadership Joint Committee (alternate), Lower Valley Development Scheme Advisory Committee, Wairarapa Committee (alternate).


Councillor Brenda West

Ward:  Featherston
Email:  brenda.west@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: 021 273 6325

Memberships: Council, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Planning and Regulatory Committee, Grants Subcommittee, Wairarapa Safer Community Trust Board, Hood Aerodrome Strategic Advisory Group.


Councillor Colin Olds

Ward:  Featherston
Email:  colin.olds@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: 0274 329951

Council, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Featherston Community Board, Planning and Regulatory Committee, Water Race Subcommittee, Wairarapa Trails Action Group, Waihohine Floodplain Management Plan Steering Group.


Councillor Rebecca Fox

Ward:  Greytown
Email: rebecca.fox@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: 021 517 190

Memberships: Council, Greytown Community Board, Hearings Committee, Assets and Services Committee, Planning and Regulatory Committee, Water Race Subcommittee, Grants Subcommittee, Wairarapa COVID-19 Recovery Joint Committee, Ruamahanga Whaitua Catchment Committee, Waiohine Floodplain Management Plan Steering Committee.


Councillor Leigh Hay

Ward:  Greytown
Email: leigh.hay@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: 021 710 103

Memberships: Council, CEO Review Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Planning and Regulatory Committee, Wairarapa Library Service, Wairarapa Trails Action Group, Wairarapa Councils’ Shared Services, Grants Subcommittee, Community Board Mentor for Chairs.


Councillor Alistair Plimmer

Ward:  Greytown
Email:  alistair.plimmer@swdc.govt.nz
Mobile: 027 254 7824

Memberships: Council, Greytown Community Board, CEO Review Committee, Assets and Services Committee, Wairarapa Policies Working Group, Hearings Committee (Chair), Wairarapa Road Safety Council, Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee.


Councillor Pip Maynard

Ward:  Martinborough
Email:  pip.maynard@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 306 8363
Mobile: 021 683 638

Memberships: Council, Martinborough Community Board, Māori Standing Committee, CEO Review Committee, Assets and Services Committee.


Councillor Pam Colenso

Ward:  Martinborough
Email:  pam.colenso@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 306 9503
Mobile: 027 441 4892

Memberships: Council, Martinborough Community Board, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Planning and Regulatory Committee (Chair), Wairarapa Library Service, Wairarapa Councils’ Shared Service, Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Joint Committee,  Wellington Region Waste Forum, Grants Subcommittee, Community Awards Working Party, Wellington Region Climate Change Working Group (alternate).


Councillor Brian Jephson

Ward:  Martinborough
Email:  brian.jephson@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 308 8956
Mobile: 027 502 6198

Memberships: Council, Māori Standing Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Assets and Services Committee (Chair), Hearings Committee, Wellington Region Climate Change Working Group, Awhea Opouawe Scheme Committee, Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee.

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