Jenny Brash

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Jenny Brash
3rd Mayor of Porirua
In office
Preceded by John Burke
Succeeded by Nick Leggett
Personal details
Born December 1946
Christchurch, New Zealand
Residence Porirua

Jennifer Sylvia "Jenny" Brash[1] QSO (born December 1946) 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]


In the 2011 New Year Honours Brash was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to local body affairs.[12]


  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" (PDF). 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. 
  12. ^ "New Year honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
John Burke
Mayor of Porirua
Succeeded by
Nick Leggett