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), Hearings Committee, Wairarapa Combined District Plan, Wairarapa Economic Development Task Group, Regional Transport Committee, Remutaka Hill Road Working Party, Wellington Water Committee, Greater Wellington Regional Council Wairarapa Committee and Wairarapa Moana Governance Group, Destination Wairarapa Board, Grants Subcommittee, Wairarapa COVID-19 Recovery Joint Committee.


Councillor Garrick Emms (Deputy Mayor)

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

Memberships: Council, Featherston Community Board, Māori Standing Committee, CEO Review Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Assets and Services Committee, Wairarapa Policies Working Group, Regional Transport Committee, Wellington Water Committee, Lower Valley Development Scheme Advisory Committee and Greater Wellington Regional Council Wairarapa Committee, Grants Subcommittee.


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, District Licensing Committee (Deputy Chair), Wellington Region Climate Change Working Group, Wairarapa Moana Governance Group (alternate) and Wairarapa Safety Community Trust Board, Grants Subcommittee.


Councillor Ross Vickery

Ward:  Featherston
Email:  ross.vickery@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 308 8038
Mobile: 027 513 1417

Memberships: Council, Featherston Community Board, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Assets and Services Committee and Planning and Regulatory Committee (Chair).


Councillor Rebecca Fox

Ward:  Greytown
Email: rebecca.fox@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 304 7288
Mobile: 021 517 190

Memberships: Council, Greytown Community Board, Assets and Services Committee, Planning and Regulatory Committee, Water Race Subcommittee, Wairarapa Combined District Plan, Wairarapa Moana Governance Group, Ruamahanga Whaitua Catchment Committee, Waiohine Floodplain Management Plan Steering Committee, and Wairarapa COVID-19 Recovery Joint Committee and Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee (alternate).


Councillor Leigh Hay

Ward:  Greytown
Email: leigh.hay@swdc.govt.nz
Phone: (06) 304 9876
Mobile: 021 710 103

Memberships: Council, CEO Review Committee, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee (Chair), Planning and Regulatory Committee, Wairarapa Library Service, Wairarapa Combined District Plan, Wairarapa Trails Action Group, Wairarapa Councils’ Shared Services, and Grants Subcommittee.


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, Planning and Regulatory Committee, Wairarapa Policies Working Group, Hearings Committee, and  Wairarapa Road Safety Council and 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 and 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, Wairarapa Library Service, Wairarapa Councils’ Shared Service, Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Joint Committee,  Wellington Region Waste Forum, Grants Subcommittee, and Wairarapa Policies Working Group (interim appointment).


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, Grants Subcommittee, and Awhea Opouawe Scheme Committee and Wairarapa Combined District Plan Joint Committee.

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