Nicola at the Whanganui River

A Horizons Regional Councillor, one of two Whanganui representatives, I was successfully elected for the first time in October 2016 with 7,661 votes.  I stood for healthy rivers, growing local jobs and long-term thinking in decision-making.

A mum of two and a founder and trustee of Thrive Whanganui (growing social enterprise), I have relevant skills and experience, strong community connections, and fresh energy, complimenting my experience.

I’ve worked in environmental management and community engagement, and am now putting that experience and my energy to work as a voice for Whanganui on Horizons.

A columnist in the Chronicle, I have a journalism diploma and a science degree. I worked for DOC for 10 years, including as Ruapehu manager, spanning ski fields, kiwi sanctuary and wastewater, and as a trustee on national business-conservation partnerships. I was the Green Party's candidate for the Whanganui electorate in the 2017 general election.

I also worked for engineering company AECOM in Australia and NZ on major road projects and set up their social responsibility programme, led communications and partnerships for social enterprise foundation Ākina, and worked on environmental strategies for Te Kaahui o Rauru.

I'm hard-working, care about people and love Whanganui. I want to help create a sustainable future for our region.