CEO and Support

Chief Executive - Angela OosthuizenAngela O 2

Angela joined the Kaikoura District Council on 1st February 2016.

Before joining KDC  Angela was the Manager: Corporate Services at the Buller District Council. She has over 7 years experience in local government in NZ preparing and engaging with the community. Angela also holds a Masters in Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce combined with both public and private sector experience.

Angela is originally from South Africa and is married with one daughter.

Phone: 03 319 5026     Email:


Executive Officer - Suzanne Syme 


Suzanne moved to Kaikoura permanently in 1998 and has been working at the Council since 2005.

Her main roles are PA to the CEO and Mayor and also Committee Secretary. She also wears a few other hats!  Outside of work Suzanne is am a member of the local motorbike club. She enjoys weekend’s away riding or just riding along the Kaikoura Coast. Suzanne loves the outdoors, and enjoys getting together with family and friends.

Phone: 03 319 5026 ext 204   Email:


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Communications and Engagement Officer - Libby Clifford


Libby moved to Kaikoura in April 2017. She joined KDC on secondment from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. 

Libby had wanted to move to Kaikoura since visiting in 2014 and jumped at the chance to join the team at Council. With a background in social marketing and crisis communication, Libby is new to local government and very much enjoying the challenge. 

Phone: 027 562 6669 Email: