Paekākāriki’s twenty-year-old Jack McDonald (Taranaki Iwi, Te Whakatōhea, Te Āti Awa) has on provisional results been elected to the Paekākāriki Community Board as the highest polling candidate.
“I’m really honoured to have been elected to the Community Board and am looking forward to delivering results for residents,” says McDonald. “I’ll fight for Paekākāriki as their representative at both a community and a district-wide level.”
“I’m especially proud to be elected as the highest polling candidate. The result is humbling and I thank Paekākāriki residents for placing their trust in me,” he says.
Opposes regional amalgamation
“There are huge issues facing our District that must be addressed,” says McDonald. “While working on enhancing grassroots democratic decision making, I will focus on opposing regional amalgamation as long it is not supported by Kāpiti residents.
“I am also passionate about defending the rights of tangata whenua and so will fight for better outcomes for Takamore and Te Ati Awa, whose wāhi tapu are set to be bulldozed by NZ Transport Agency and the Council.”
Mr McDonald, a former Green Party candidate for Te Tai Hauāuru, has also served on Kāpiti College’s Board of Trustees and the national executive of the Green Party, and has been a Youth MP.
He was a founding member of the Alliance for a Sustainable Kāpiti (ASK), and has been a vocal opponent of the Kāpiti Expressway.