Julie Howden

Julie HowdenDeputy Mayor

I am Kaikoura born and bred. My parents, Ellen and Peter Smith, were dairy farmers out at Red Swamp Rd, I attended St Josephs School (when it was out at the Old Convent) and finished off as Head Girl of the High School. 

I'm a qualified Chef with a background in hospitality. I run the Bendamere House B&B am passionate about the tourism and accommodation side of our District. I enjoy being involved in the community and have active roles with the Community Vehicle Trust and the Sacred Heart Church.  I also spent over a decade on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of St Joseph’s School. It was my BOT experience that led me to consider putting my name forward for Council

I'm now in my 2nd term and I enjoy the challenge immensely and hope that my involvement can help bring Kaikoura through this massive period of change and look forward to living the journey to make Kaikoura a town that prospers ,and is safe and engaging to live,work and play in!

Council Roles:

  • Deputy Mayor
  • Chair of Destination Kaikoura
  • Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
  • Earthquake Recovery Steering Committee member

Community Roles: 

  • Treasurer on the Board for the Kaikoura Community Vehicle Trust
  • Finance Rep for Sacred Heart Church


Phone: 0275 432 559

Email: julie.howden@kaikoura.govt.nz