YEM Committee

The Young Elected Members (YEM) committee is a sub-committee of National Council.

YEM Committee Members

  • Rachel Smith | Zone 1 representative | Councillor, Far North District Council
  • Fisher Wang | Zone 2 representative | Councillor, Rotorua Lakes District Council
  • Joshua Buchanan Chandulal-Mackay | Zone 3 representative | Councillor, Whanganui District Council
  • Campbell Barry | Zone 4 representative | Mayor, Hutt City Council
  • Alexandra Davids | Zone 5 representative | Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Member, Christchurch City Council
  • Alex Crackett | Zone 6 representative | Councillor, Invercargill City Council
  • Nerissa Henry | Auckland Council representative | Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board
  • Moko Tepania | Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere  | Councillor, Far North District Council (Co-chair)

Members elected at large:

  • Lan Pham, Councillor, Environment Canterbury (Co-chair)
  • Rebecca Vergunst, Deputy Mayor, Carterton District Council
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Rachel Smith

Zone One Representative

Whangaroa Community Board

Rachel is a Councillor with the Far North District Council and a member of the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board, beginning her local government experience following the 2016...
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Alexandra Davids

Zone Five Representative

Member, Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board, Christchurch City Council

Alexandra is a member of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board.  She values strong, thriving and prosperous communities, clean waterways, and ecological and sustainable decision making...
Lan Pham

Lan Pham

Member at large (Co-chair)

Councillor, Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Lan Pham was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council 2016, following a campaign from the remote Raoul Island in the Kermadecs on...
Rebecca Vergunst

Rebecca Vergunst

Member at large

Deputy Mayor, Carterton District Council

Rebecca is Deputy Mayor at the Carterton District Council.  Rebecca is 26 years old, married to Josh, and they have two young daughters. She graduated in...
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Campbell Barry

Zone 4 representative

Mayor, Hutt City Council

Campbell Barry was elected as the 20th Mayor of Lower Hutt in October 2019, and is the youngest city Mayor to be elected in New Zealand’s history.