Hawke's Bay Local Advisory Committee

Hawke’s Bay Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.


Read more about the members of the Hawke's Bay Local Advisory Committee.


Debbie lives in Central Hawke’s Bay and has 25 years of experience in emergency management and community and volunteer development. She is currently the Acting Community and Safety Lead for Hastings District Council, part of the Safe Communities Hawke’s Bay Regional Group and coordinates the Safer Hastings Coalition. She is a former regional representative on the National Women’s Advisory Committee for FENZ. Debbie has strong working relationships across a wide range of community networks including the Older Persons and Disability sectors. She is passionate about helping to build resilient communities.

MONIQUE HEKE (Deputy Chair)
Monique is a Team Leader (Manukura) for Te Puni Kōkiri the Ministry of Māori Development and has strong connections with whānau, hapū and iwi throughout the Hawke’s Bay area. Monique leads the Oranga Marae programme that supports marae from Ahuriri to Wairarapa to increase their cultural and physical revitalisation as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga. A former trustee for Omahu Marae and former Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga board member. Monique is on the Board of Trustees as Co-Chair for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu.
Liz is the Safer Napier, Safe Communities Coordinator. She is part of the Safer Napier Strategic Group, Safe Communities Hawke’s Bay Regional Group and a Board member of the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network. She has a wide range of working relationships with local organisations and agencies spanning injury and crime prevention, health, housing, social development, business and emergency management.


A long-standing member of the Tararua community and local business owner, Mavis is Chair of the local iwi, Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua. She is also patron and former chair of the Agri-Women’s Development Trust. Mavis sits on a number of boards including the Hawkes Bay Rugby Union, StockX Ltd, UNICEF NZ and Accelerate 25 Lead Team (a regional economic development initiative). In 2018 Mavis was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall and has receive a NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to the wool industry.
Sonya has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare with a background in nursing. She is the Wairoa Hospital and Health Centre Manager at the Hawke’s Bay District Board. Sonya and her husband own a local farm and have strong connections into the rural community. With whakapapa to Nuhaka, Sonya has experience working with several community groups and is the former treasurer and secretary of the Manutai Marae Committee and former chair for Whaakirangi Kōhanga Reo. She is a committee member for Adventure Wairoa Sports Club Committee and on the Board of Te Uranga o te Ra.

The map below shows the area that the Hawke's Bay LAC covers (shown in dark blue).