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Jenny Brash – after 12 years, where next?



by Evelien Kortum and Dani McDonald
If you ask Porirua Mayor Jenny Brash what she is most proud of in her mayoral role, be sure to get comfortable. You could be sitting there for hours.

Mrs Brash has been Mayor for 12 years and in local government for 21 years. During her time she has seen the establishment of K-mart, Pataka, Te Rauparaha Arena, Trust Porirua… – the list goes on.

She has also been an active (and vocal) supporter of the demolition of loan sharks in Porirua, telling a local newspaper “I hate them” and they are “an absolute exploitation”.

Also during her time, she has helped start the clean-up the harbour, campaigned for Transmission Gully, and supported and initiated the harbour strategy.

So where to from here?

Mrs Brash is giving up her seat as mayor and standing for the Greater Wellington Regional Council. She says she wants to focus on two key areas she is interested in – environment and transport.

But before then, Mrs Brash will be counting down her last few months as mayor – hopefully she’ll be able to put her feet up during the elections. “I’m a bit tired, I could do with a long holiday. It’s a demanding and challenging reward, I get to see the city in a way no one else can.”

Evelien Kortum and Dani McDonald are students in the Massey University Diploma of Journalism course.