YEM Committee

Young Elected Members Committee | Te Komiti o ngā Mema Rangatahi i Kōwhiria


YEM Committee Members

  • Rachel Smith | Zone 1 representative | Councillor, Far North District Council
  • Fisher Wang | Zone 2 representative | Councillor, Rotorua Lakes District Council
  • Josh 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
Moko Tepania

Moko Tepania

Te Maruata Roopu Whakahaere (Co-chair)

Moko is Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa and hails from two small settlements in the Far North, Mitimiti in North Hokianga and Waihapa on the Whangaroa Harbour. He…
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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…
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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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Josh Chandulal-Mackay

Zone Three representative

Kia Ora, 

My name is Josh Chandulal-Mackay, I am currently in my second term as a Whanganui District Councillor and in my first term as an elected member on…
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Campbell Barry

Zone Four 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. 

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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…

Alex Crackett

Zone Six representative

As a born and bred local and passionate advocate, Alex is a second term Councillor to Invercargill City Council. She has an unwavering commitment to community engagement/communication and holds a…
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…