Jenny Brash

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Jenny Brash
3rd Mayor of Porirua
In office
Personal details
Born December 1946
Residence Porirua

Jennifer Sylvia Brash,[1] QSO (born December 1946), known as Jenny Brash, is a former Mayor of Porirua, New Zealand. Prior to being Mayor in 1998–2010, she served nine years as a City Councillor. She is currently a councillor on the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Porirua City Council[edit]

Brash was first elected as a Northern Ward councillor in 1983 and held that role until 1989. She was elected in 1995 for another three-year term.[2]

Brash last contested the mayoralty in October 2007 against four other candidates. She received 6101 votes, more than twice as many as the next candidate.[3] She retired from the mayoralty at the 2010 election.[4] She endorsed the mayoral campaign of councillor Nick Leggett, who was elected in October 2010 as her successor.[5]

She campaigned for the construction of the Transmission Gully Motorway.[6] Brash was the Porirua representative on the Wellington Regional Transport Committee when it was formed in 2008.[7]

Greater Wellington Regional Council[edit]

In October 2010, she was elected to the Greater Wellington Regional Council for the Porirua-Tawa constituency.[8] Former Porirua Mayor John Burke, who in 2007 came second in the constituency, which elects two councillors,[9] came third in 2010. He was thus displaced by Brash and failed to be re-elected.[10]

Community involvement[edit]

At the close of her mayoralty, she successfully stood for election to the Porirua Community Trust.[8] She is a supporter of the NZ Trust, preferring a silver fern as the symbol on the New Zealand flag over the current design, which is too close to the Australian flag for her.[11]


  1. ^ "2010 Results". GWRC. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Porirua farewells Jenny Brash" (PDF). Porirua City Council. 5 October 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Porirua City Mayor". Elections NZ. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Joanne; Jonathan Milne (10 October 2010). "Wellington mayor clings to narrow lead". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "New mayor for Porirua". Radio NZ. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Kortum, Evelien; Dani McDonald (25 September 2010). "Jenny Brash – after 12 years, where next?". Scoop. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Establishment of the Regional Transport Committee". GWRC. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Jenny Brash". Elections NZ. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Greater Wellington Regional Council – Porirua-Tawa Constituency". Elections NZ. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Greater Wellington Regional Council – Porirua-Tawa Constituency". Elections NZ. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Jenny Brash, Mayor of Porirua City". NZ Flag. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Brian Burke
Mayor of Porirua
Succeeded by
Nick Leggett