Cameron Brewer

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Cameron Eric Brewer is a New Zealand politician who was a two-term Auckland Councillor for Orākei Ward. Since 2016 he has been an elected member of the Rodney Local Board as part of the Rodney First ticket.

Early years[edit]

Born in Hawera on 8 March 1973, Brewer attended Wanganui Collegiate School and Massey University.[1]

Between 2005 and 2010 he was the chief executive of the Newmarket Business Association.[2]

Political career[edit]

Auckland Council
Years Ward Affiliation
2010–2013 Orakei Independent
2013–2016 Orakei Independent

A former journalist, Brewer is a member of the New Zealand National Party and worked as press secretary to Jenny Shipley, John Banks and Rodney Hide.[3]

In the 2010 Auckland Council elections Brewer was elected from the Orakei ward while standing as an Independent, winning by over 7,000 votes – winning 18,235 votes or 55%.[1] He ran against Citizens & Ratepayers deputy leader Doug Armstrong. His decision to contest the election as a right wing independent, was labelled by a betrayal by C&R members while the result was considered a humiliation for C&R in its "traditional heartland".[2][4][5]

In 2011 he decided not to contest the safe-National Party seat of Tāmaki, following the resignation of Allan Peachey, and also ruled out standing for the ACT Party.[6][7] In the past he has been considered as a potential candidate for the Mayor of Auckland in 2013.[8][9]

He was re-elected unopposed to Council in 2013. He did not contest the seat in 2016, instead stood for a seat on the Rodney Local Board.[10]

In October 2016 Brewer was elected on the Rodney First ticket which gained a majority of five members on the nine-person Rodney Local Board. He stood in the Kumeu subdivision, gaining 4,018 votes – polling the second highest of all the candidates standing for the Rodney Local Board. Brewer is now chairman of the Rodney Local Board's Transport, Infrastructure & Environment Committee.

Brewer has been a member of the National Party since 1996 and since 2015 has resided in the Helensville electorate. Following the announcement of John Key's pending resignation as a member of parliament, it was speculated that he was considering standing in the electorate, but he ruled it out in early January 2017 citing family, business and local board commitments.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Brewer is married with three children.[citation needed] Since 2015 he has owned and run his own public relations consultancy, Cameron Brewer Communications Limited.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Local Elections 2010 results
  2. ^ a b Brewer's stance dubbed 'betrayal' New Zealand Herald, 15 July 2010
  3. ^ Cameron Brewer To Stand In Orakei Ward, 15 July 2010
  4. ^ Left, right and centre – it's a council for all New Zealand Herald, 11 October 2010
  5. ^ Challenger splits centre-right in Tory heartland New Zealand Herald, 23 August 2010
  6. ^ Act plans for 'aggressive stance' with National New Zealand Herald, 5 May 2011
  7. ^ National's plum candidacy is ripe for picking New Zealand Herald, 14 October 2011
  8. ^ High-profile councillor cagey about bid for top job New Zealand Herald, 4 July 2011
  9. ^ Len Brown destined to rule the roost in 'Bro-Town' The National Business Review, 13 December 2012
  10. ^ New Zealand Herald (4 August 2016). "Auckland councillors bowing out". Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Orsman, Bernard (8 December 2016). "Cameron Brewer considering Helensville seat". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 

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