Beth Houlbrooke

Chair, Rodney Local Board
Candidate, Warkworth Subdivision


Beth Houlbrooke is the current Chair of the Rodney Local Board.

She has lived in the Warkworth area for 25 years. As a board member for six years, Beth is well known for her prolific attendance at community events and meetings from Leigh to Puhoi.


Beth brings significant experience and has successfully advocated for an increase in the road sealing budget. She now seeks town centre and public transport improvements. She is keen to ensure Rodney gets its fair share of regional spending.

She has been an award-winning self-employed businesswoman and has farmed in partnership in Ahuroa. She was Chairperson of the Kaipara Flats School Board of Trustees, Coordinator of the HerBusiness Rodney Network, and is a member of the Kawau Boating Club.

Beth has two adult sons, and her family has owned a bach at Takatu for 60 years.

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Paul Manton

Candidate, Warkworth Subdivision


Paul Manton lives near Puhoi. He is Co-Chair of the Puhoi Community Forum, and sits on the Mahurangi Sports Collective, which oversees activities on the Warkworth Showgrounds. He is also on the Matakana Coast Trail Trust and helps organise fundraising events for local clubs.

After doing an engineering apprenticeship and working for Shell Oil, Paul bought some land north of Puhoi about 30 years ago.

He’s run a successful manufacturing business and is a now a Land Manager for a local forest. He also has a contract business supporting rural landowners.

Paul supports the growth of a recreational trail network, and parks and community facilities that will be fit for the future. He will push for increasing the rate of road sealing by making the funding go further, and seeking solutions to improve the standard of road maintenance.

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Ayla Walker

Candidate, Warkworth Subdivision


Ayla Walker lives in rural Warkworth with her husband and two children. She hails from Nga Puhi and Tainui iwi.

She is a resident of Ahuroa and was recently elected to the Ahuroa School Board of Trustees. She recently completed her business studies and is being mentored through the One Warkworth Business Association.

Ayla is on the Santa Parade and Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights committees, and is a Celebrant.

She is keen to work with the community on local projects, support partnerships between council, government agencies, business, and iwi, and to find smarter ways to work together. Improving the quality of local harbours and waterways is also her priority.

Ayla adds a fresh, charismatic dynamic. What’s more as a young mum, she’s passionate about ensuring a vibrant community and she’s keen to involve locals in planning for the future.




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