Meet the Otaki & Mana General Election Candidates 23-08-17


Wed 23 Aug, 2017 - 7:00pm

Meet the Otaki & Mana General Election Candidates

Wednesday 23 August | Time: 7pm to 9pm | Coast Community Church, Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 
FREE to Members and Non members - Please RSVP for catering purposes
Host: Heather Hutchings, Kapiti Chamber Chair
MC: Nigel Hopkins, Beach FM

As we lead-up to the General Election on Saturday 23 September 2017, the Kapiti Chamber invites all local people to attend an event to hear views and thoughts from our local National & Labour Otaki & Mana Candidates’.

Each Candidate will be given a short time to pitch their views uninterrupted which will then be followed by an MC facilitated Q&A session that will allow interjection.   This will be an excellent and fun evening to attend so you can BE INFORMED and BE INSPIRED to vote in the upcoming General Election.


Leading up to the Election, the Kapiti Chamber will release an Election Manifesto based on three key messages recommended by the Advocacy Committee:

1. Supporting economic growth in Kapiti
2. Delivering infrastructure for Kapiti
3. Youth Employment

The Election Manifesto will focus on local issues and it will be given to each Candidate early in August to prepare their pitch.  Download the Election Manifesto here >>

The evening will conclude with networking with the Candidates over tea and coffee.  We look forward to seeing you all on night.  Please RSVP for catering purposes.


MP for Mana | Spokesperson for Racing, & Tourism | Associate Broadcasting Spokesperson |Senior Whip

Kris Faafoi

Kris lives in Titahi Bay, Porirua and was elected as the Member of Parliament for Mana in November 2010 following more than a decade working as a journalist at both TVNZ and the BBC – giving him a strong commitment to public service broadcasting.

As the son of a school teacher and factory worker Kris knows that education is the game-changer for many young people. Kris is committed to the communities of the Mana electorate and to ensuring that the region grows and develops in a way that strengthens our communities, provides opportunities, and makes our families stronger and more successful.

Kris is the current Member of Parliament for Mana. His experience before that includes:

  • Television journalist for TVNZ
  • Television journalist BBC World
  • Chief Press Secretary, Labour Leader’s Office
  • Diploma in Journalism, New Zealand Broadcasting School
Mana National Candidate

Euon Murrell

Euon was born and educated in Lower Hutt and for the past 45 years has been a resident of Porirua.

He is a past Porirua City Councillor and Deputy Mayor, a member of the Rotary club of Plimmerton and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a senior business leader holding the position of Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of which he has been a board member for the past 20 years.

Euon is currently Chairman of the Pataka Foundation and Justice of the Peace since 1992. He was instrumental in setting up the nominated witness programme for the Porirua District and is still part of this programme.

Euon has also served on the Board off the REINZ and prior to that was the Wellington District President and has been a spokesperson in the Wellington district for the REINZ for the past 20 years. Euon was made a Fellow of the Institute in 2012.

He has been a local business owner for a number of years, running a successful Real Estate company. He has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Otaki Labour Candidate

Rob McCann

Manager of White Ribbon – the campaign to end men’s violence towards women, and works to help change attitudes and behaviour, both on the Kapiti Coast and throughout New Zealand. His role involves organising hundreds of events and media interviews each year, culminating in the high-profile annual nationwide campaign.

As well as having a law degree, Rob has previous experience as a Parliamentary press secretary and has an extensive background in events management. He volunteers his time locally as a board member for Kapiti Living Without Violence, and he chairs the Kenakena School Parent Network.

Rob’s focus is to work for a more compassionate and equitable society, and he knows just how important it is to ensure that we all have access to the Kiwi Dream. That means better investment and outcomes for our children, and policies that support the regions.

In the electorate with the highest proportion of senior citizens, he believes it is vital for the Government to ensure that people are provided with the healthcare and support that allows them to stay in their own homes, to see a doctor and to be accorded the dignity they deserve after a lifetime of work.

Rob and his partner Jo, who is a primary school teacher, live just north of Paraparaumu in Otaihanga with their two boys, Robbie (13) and Oliver (9).

Nathan GUY
MP for Otaki | Minister for Primary Industries | Minister of Civil Defence | Associate Minister for Economic Development

Nathan Guy

Nathan entered Parliament as a list MP in 2005 and has been Junior and Senior Whip prior to becoming a Minister in 2009. Nathan won the Otaki Electorate seat in 2008 and has continued to grow his majority through hard work and being a strong voice for Horowhenua and Kapiti in Government.

Since 2009 he has been the Minister of Internal Affairs, Immigration and Veteran Affairs, as well as the Associate Minister of Justice and Transport. He has now been Minister for Primary Industries and Racing for over three years.

Nathan had an extensive political career before entering Parliament, previously serving eight years on the Horowhenua District Council. He also has a background in agriculture, having managed the family dairy and beef farm and receiving a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study beef exports to the United States.

Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and 3 primary school aged children, and keeping fit. He has completed several marathons with the highlight being the 2015 New York Marathon, where he ran the 42km in 3 hours and 56 minutes. 

This event is brought to you by the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce
Our Vision | A growing Kapiti which is creating wealth & employment
Our Mission | A strong collective voice for business in Kapiti
Our Values | Professional | Engaging | Local | Connected | Supportive

Registrations are not open for this event.