Maori Green Triumphs

jack macdonald20 year old Jack McDonald tops poll in Paekakariki

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.

The Baxter connection
Jack McDonald has a long family history in Paekākāriki.

Jack’s father, Ian McDonald, with his four brothers and sisters, were born and bred there and their mother, Pat McDonald, lives there to this day.
On Jack’s mother’s side (the late Stephanie Baxter) he is the great-grandson of pioneering Māori poet the late Jacqui Baxter (J.C Sturm), who retired to Paekākāriki and spent over 20 years in the village, and James K. Baxter — who was known to enjoy a beer at the Paekākāriki Pub with Dennis Glover.
And many members of Jack’s family on both his paternal and maternal sides still live in Paekākāriki.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                          

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