Penny Webster

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Penny Webster is a councillor on the Auckland Council and former mayor of Rodney District, Auckland, New Zealand. As mayor of Rodney she headed one of the six main local government entities generally considered as making up the Auckland metropolitan area (Auckland City, Manukau City, Waitakere City, North Shore City, Papakura District, Rodney District), with her district being the northernmost entity. All of these entities were merged into the new Auckland Council in 2010. She was also a former New Zealand politician: an MP from 1999 to 2002, representing the ACT New Zealand party.

Before entering politics, Webster was a farmer, and headed the Auckland branch of the Federated Farmers organisation.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th List 8 ACT

She was first elected to Parliament in the 1999 elections, becoming a list MP.

In the 2002 elections, however, she was ranked in thirteenth place, a low position for a sitting MP. Owen Jennings, another former farmer, was also ranked lowly, prompting some to suggest that ACT was not as interested in the rural vote as it might once have been.

ACT did not win sufficient votes for thirteen seats, and so Webster did not return to Parliament.

Local government[edit]

Auckland Council
Years Ward Affiliation
2010–2013 Rodney Independent
2013–present Rodney Independent

In 2007 Webster was elected Mayor of Rodney District. In December 2008 she was unanimously elected as the chair of the Auckland Mayoral Forum.

In December 2008 she was also appointed by Environment Minister Nick Smith to sit on a technical advisory board on reforms to the Resource Management Act.

In 2010 Webster was elected to the inaugural Auckland Council, representing the Rodney Ward. She served as the Chairperson of the Strategy and Finance Committee.[1]

Webster was re-elected in 2013

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • ACT Members of Parliament. (2001), Closing the gaps: policy papers, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, ISBN 0-9582178-1-5 
  • Webster's contribution is a paper entitled: "Tomorrow's agriculture."
  • from ACT Members of Parliament. (2002), Old values, new ideas, Wellington, [N.Z.]: ACT New Zealand Parliamentary Office, ISBN 0-477-01964-1 
  • Webster's contribution is a paper entitled: "City of snails."
  • Du Faur, Ralph; Webster, Penny (1993), Sharemilking: how sharemilking agreements can benefit both parties, Masterton, [N.Z.]: Farm Books, ISBN 0-909014-01-9