Winston Gray


Now in his third term as Mayor Winston is committed to and passionate about the Kaikoura District. With a business and farming background, Winstonwinston at work small2 haslived in Kaikoura his entire life. He and his wife Mary and have four adult children, two currently offshore and two working locally in Kaikoura.

Winston originally ran for Mayor because of his belief in the potential and the people of the District. Nearly nine years on his drive to help the community grow and thrive is as high as ever.

Before the November earthquake, Winston’s main priorities were economic development and supporting the local tourism industry. Post-earthquake, these remain a core focus for him. For Winston, the earthquake and recovery process is an opportunity to join together Council, Iwi, stakeholders, and the community and forge a new future for the District. His hope is not just for the District to recover what it had, but to help it move into a new future, taking Kaikōura from good to great.

 To achieve this, Kaikoura District faces significant environmental, economic and social challenges. Winston believes Kaikōura District Council’s role in this process is to listen to the community, consider the financial implications of all projects for ratepayers and leverage every opportunity to achieve community aspirations. 

Council Roles:

  • Mayor
  • Chair Council
  • Chair Kaikoura Enhancement Trust
  • Member of all Council Committees

Community Roles: 

  • Chair Kaikoura Cycle Club
  • Member Kaikoura Rugby Club Committee

Contact Winston: 

Phone: 0274 345 037