Wellington Scoop

Wellington’s new deputy mayor has less than a year’s experience on the council

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has appointed a first-time councillor as his new deputy.

Jill Day, 38, who was elected to the Wellington City Council last October, takes over as deputy mayor from Paul Eagle, who has been elected as MP for the Rongotai electorate.

Day, the first Maori woman selected for the deputy role, told the DomPost: “I’m excited to play my part in making the city we love better.”

“I ran for the council because I wanted to do more for Wellingtonians in need – especially young people and families. That’s who I will always prioritise in the work I do as deputy mayor.”

Justin Lester said: “She is one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve ever met. Jill’s optimism is relentless.” After her election, he appointed her to head the council’s Children and Young People and Iwi Partnership portfolios, and said:

“I know Jill well and supported her during her campaign. She is enormously capable, she has strong links with her community which she has built up over many years and she will do a wonderful job as a councillor.”

News from Wellington Chamber of Commerce
The Wellington Chamber of Commerce welcomes the appointment of Jill Day as Wellington’s new Deputy Mayor, and thanks outgoing Deputy Paul Eagle.

“We congratulate Cr Eagle on his election to Parliament as the member for Rongotai,” says John Milford, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive. “He has been a keen representative of the community as a councillor and as Deputy Mayor – there’s no doubt that will continue in his new role.

“The Chamber also congratulates Cr Day on her appointment as Deputy Mayor. In her time to date as a councillor she has been well received by the community and is beginning to impress in the role. We look forward to working with her.”


  1. Mike, 28. September 2017, 17:34

    The people need love, but all the love is going to city developers.

  2. Michael, 28. September 2017, 22:39

    All very well being enthusiastic but what about experience and an ability to stand fast against the developers who want to jam people into small high density potential slum apartments.