A trained lawyer, Mayor Lester has been a Wellington councillor since 2010 and Mayor since 2016.
Prof Ngaire Kerse
A physician by training, Prof Kerse is Head of the School of Population Health at Auckland University and inaugural Joyce Cook Professor of Ageing Well.
Ian McInnes (CEO Tearfund)
Ian has worked in the international humanitarian relief field for the last 15 years. He joined Tearfund as its CEO is 2013.
Dr Roshan Allpress DPhil (Oxon)
Dr Allpress has been Principal of Laidlaw College for the last two years. Prior to that, he helped found and then led the Compass Foundation. He was trained at Canterbury and Oxford Universities in history and theology.
Rev Setaita Veikune MNZM
Rev Setaita is the President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, the first Pasifika woman to hold this honour.
Dr Simon Chapple
Dr Chapple, an economist, is Director of the Institute for Governance & Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked in the public and private sectors both at home and abroad as well as academia.
Lt-Colonel Lynette Hutson
Lynette, a trained social worker, heads up The Salvation Army’s addictions, accommodation, and rehab services. She has worked in addictions in Canada as well as developing a highly acclaimed programme for gang members.
Sir David Moxon KNZM
Sir David is the former Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand. He was, until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
Maata Wharehoka (Guardian of Parihaka Marae)
Maata’s whānau have been associated with Parihaka since the time of the 1881 invasion. She is the Kaitiaki (Guardian) of Parihaka Marae and a skilled proponent of Te Toi Māori (Māori art forms).
Cardinal John Dew (Catholic Archbishop of Wellington)
Cardinal John has been a Catholic priest for almost 50 years and Archbishop of Wellington since 2005. The Cardinal has been a strong voice for compassion and justice in New Zealand today.
A Chicago native, Terrance spent seven years in New Zealand where he created the InZone Project, providing opportunities for minority youth from challenging backgrounds to live in a nurturing residential environment with wrap-around support.
Jay Ruka is an experienced Church leader and Christian communicator. His Māori Christian background inspired the writing of his bestseller book, Huia Come Home. With his wife, Erin, they set up Huia Ministries, a registered New Zealand charity working for the advancement of Te Rongopai throughout Aotearoa.
Rev Amiria Te Whiu
Rev Amiria Te Whiu is a member of Aka Puaho—Maori Synod of the Presbyterian Church. She is on the Board of social services agency, Presbyterian Support Northern, and a prison chaplain. Amiria and her husband are residential ministers in Paihia.