Deputy Mayor of Wellington
Jill is the first Maori woman to be an elected member of a city council in New Zealand. She wants to make Wellington the Te Reo Maori capital of New Zealand.
Jill joined the Wellington City Council (WCC) in October 2016. Within a year she became Deputy Mayor of the city. She now holds the portfolios for Children and Young People, and Maori Partnerships, and has done immense work to strengthen the WCC’s relationships with iwi and tangata whenua. She is the force behind plans to make Wellington the Te Reo Maori capital of New Zealand by 2040, which will ensure the language is heard, seen and spoken widely in the city. Jill’s time as a primary school teacher in Tawa inspired her run for council, with the aim of supporting struggling local families. She wanted to provide these people with access to the opportunities they deserve, challenging the cycle of poverty.