Mayor and Councillors
Kaikōura District Council has 7 members plus the Mayor, all elected ‘at large’. There are no community boards. This page contains contact information and details about the roles, responsibilities and backgrounds of all Council members.
Council Committees and Advisory Groups
Committees and advisory groups help Council make decisions about our district. The table below shows which Councillors take part in which groups.
Full details about the powers and responsibilities of the committees and groups can be found in the Delegations Manual and Standing Orders, found in the 'Useful Links' section below.
As well as those listed, the Kaikōura Community Services committee and Kiwa Road Advisory Group are currently under development.
Council is also continuing to work with Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura to ensure effective representation.
Mayor Craig Mackle
Born and raised in Kaikōura, Craig is married with three children. He lived on the family farm for most his life and spent 17 years owning and operating a local concrete business that employed many locals. Craig is passionate about Kaikoura's future and is into his third term on Council and his first as Mayor.
Craig stood for Mayor in 2019 because he believed he needed to see the district through the final stages of earthquake recovery and into a new, bright future.
Key Council Roles: Mayor, Responsible Camping Working Group member, Kaikōura representative on Regional Joint Committees, member of whole of Council committees.
Key Community Roles: Community Pool Trust member
Phone: 0274 375 640
Deputy Mayor Julie Howden
Kaikōura born and bred, Julies parents Ellen and Peter Smith were dairy farmers out at Red Swamp Rd. She attended St Josephs School (when it was out at the Old Convent) and finished off as Head Girl of the High School.
A qualified Chef with a background in hospitality and over a decade of experience on the Board of Trustees of St Joseph’s School, Julie runs the Bendamere House B&B and is passionate about the tourism and accommodation side of our District. Julies goal is to make Kaikōura a town that prospers and is a safe and engaging place to live, work and play.
Key Council Roles: Deputy Mayor, Chair of Destination Kaikōura, Mayoral Relief Fund committee member, Innovative Waste Kaikoura Board member.
Key Community Roles: Treasurer on the Board for the Kaikōura Community Vehicle Trust, Finance Rep for Sacred Heart Church
Phone: 0275 432 559
Lisa has called Kaikōura home since arriving here as a 14-year-old. She is very passionate about Kaikōura and counts it a real privilege to represent Kaikōura on the world stage in her role as Marketing Manager at Whale Watch Kaikōura.
In her second term as a Councillor, Lisa believes Kaikōura has the opportunity to come out the other side of earthquake recovery not only a stronger united community but a place that has a great story of success to tell.
Key Council Roles: Member of Kaikōura Op Shop, Kaikōura Youth Council, Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund, George Low Trust, Initiatives Fund, Creative Communities Fund, Mayoral Relief Fund and is a Destination Kaikōura Board Member.
Key Community Roles: Leader at Kaikōura New Life Church.
Phone: 021 149 2109
Robby has lived in Kaikoura for over 20 years and is married to Jenny Bolton. Between them they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. A new councilor, Robby hopes to bring a community mindedness to the business of council and is determined to remain optimistic about our collective future!
Key Council Roles: Kaikōura Water Zone Committee member, Marlborough Regional Forestry member, contestable biodiversity fund member, member of the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund, George Low Trust, Initiatives Fund, Creative Communities Fund.
Key Community Roles: Committee member Te Whare Putea, Kaikoura Community Gym.
Phone: 027 5036814
Vicki has called Kaikōura home for 25 years. Mum of 3 daughters, she is passionate about community and youth. As a Coordinator at Te Hā o Mātauranga, Learning in Kaikōura, Vicki is a go-to person for information and help around learning, pathways, support and advice.
In her first term as a Councillor, Vicki's goal is to see Kaikōura continue to grow and develop as a town that supports its community and is a place where rangatahi can grow up and thrive as contributing adults.
Key Council Roles: District Licensing Committee Chair, Kaikōura Youth Council, Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund, George Low Trust, Creative Communities, Initiatives Fund.
Key Community Roles: Kaikōura Guide Club Leader, Marlborough COGS Local Distribution Committee member
Phone: 027 564 8407
In his third term as a Councillor, Tony is married with four children. His family farm 800 hectares of sheep and cattle. Tony's goals are to improve Council’s relationship with the community, represent the community's views, grow the winter events calendar and reduce the impact of non-self contained campers.
Key Council Roles: Kaikōura Water Zone Committee member, contestable biodiversity fund, Kaikōura Enhancement Trust member.
Key Community Roles:
Phone: 03 319 5568