By Robyn Bristow
A former principal of Rangiora High School and a former mayor of the Hurunui District are standing in October’s local body elections.
Peggy Burrows, who was principal of Rangiora High School for 13 years, is seeking the mayoralty in the Hurunui, while Garry Jackson, who was the mayor of Hurunui from 2004 to 2010, is after a seat in the North Canterbury constituency of Environment Canterbury (ECan).
Mrs Burrows joins Julia McLean a sitting councillor, and Marie Black, the deputy Mayor, in the contest for the top job in the Hurunui District, while Mr Jackson is now one of four seeking election for the two North Canterbury seats around the ECan table. He joins Bill Dowle, John Faulkner and sitting councillor Claire McKay.
Mrs Burrows says she is a local resident committed to service before self, with leadership skills, resilience and passion.
In 2016 she established Peggy Burrows and Associates, a leadership and mediation consultancy to work with leaders from all walks of life and to advocate for people during mediation.
She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education in 2018. Her research explored culturally safe leadership practices in the 21st century; particularly leadership best-practice in bicultural spaces.
She has held three ministerial appointments in governance – in law, as a member of the Deportation Review Tribunal, in conservation as a member of the Aoraki/Canterbury Conservation Board, and in animal welfare as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Animal Welfare.
She is an associate with the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand, and has served locally and nationally as a justice of the peace.
“I am just as comfortable sitting around the board table as I am is relieving in my local primary school or delivering a keynote conference paper on the international stage,” she says.
She is married to Donald, and has two daughters and six grandchildren.
Former Hurunui mayor Garry Jackson, seeking one of the two North Canterbury ECan seats, says he would be a strong, proven voice around the council table.
He says he would ensure ECan fulfilled its responsibilities to lead Canterbury’s future prosperity in the environmental, social, cultural and economic spheres.
Garry is a fourth-generation Cantabrian.
Canterbury educated, he has had a 45-year career in the auto industry, with Ford in New Zealand and internationally.
He was mayor of Hurunui from 2004 to 2010, and is a founding trustee of the Committee for Canterbury, a progressive think tank for Canterbury’s future.
Mr Jackson says the ECan elections are particularly significant this term as the regional council returns to a fully elected model, with two seats in the North Canterbury/Opukepuke ward covering all three North Canterbury district councils.
He says the difference between the ECan model, and other councils, is that the chair is elected by the council, not at large across Canterbury.