Richard Hills (politician)

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Richard Hills
North Shore Ward Councillor
Assumed office
1 November 2016
Serving with Chris Darby
Preceded byGeorge Wood
Personal details
Political partyLabour

Richard Hills (born 1985/1986[1]) is an Auckland Councillor who was elected at the 2016 Auckland elections. He is Auckland's youngest current councillor, the first openly gay Auckland Councillor and one of two Ngāpuhi iwi members.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Hills is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and at the 2011 general election, he stood in Hunua and was ranked 50th on the party list.[3] Hills finished second in Hunua, which is regarded as a safe National seat, behind incumbent Paul Hutchison.

At the 2013 Auckland elections, Hills was elected to the Kaipatiki Local Board.

Hills stood in Northcote at the 2014 general election, finishing second behind incumbent Jonathan Coleman.[4][5] He was ranked 47th on the Labour party list.[6]

In April 2018 Hills put his name forward for the Labour nomination in the Northcote by-election following Coleman's resignation. Hills failed to win the nomination and instead Shanan Halbert was selected to contest the Northcote seat for Labour. [7]

Auckland Council[edit]

Auckland Council
Years Ward Affiliation
2016–present North Shore A Positive Voice for the Shore

At the 2016 Auckland elections, Hills stood for the Auckland Council, aiming to replace George Wood as a councillor for the North Shore ward. With 12,651 votes, he finished second after incumbent Chris Darby in the two-person ward and was elected. His majority over the third placed candidate, Grant Gillon, was only 128.[1] Hills had campaigned alongside Darby during the campaign.[8]

Hills was also re-elected to the Kaipātiki Local Board but was automatically excluded following his election as a councillor.[8] Hills ranked first with 12,127 votes.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Hills elected as final Auckland councillor". 14 October 2016 – via The New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ Bartlett, Hannah. "Richard Hills likely to be confirmed as first openly gay Auckland Councillor".
  3. ^ "Labour betting on fresh blood". 10 April 2011 – via New Zealand Herald.
  4. ^ "Labour tightens grip over major cities as divided Right fails to deliver". 10 October 2016.
  5. ^ Stanford, Jacqui. "Coleman claims Northcote".
  6. ^ "Labour releases candidate list for 2014 Election".
  7. ^ "Labour announces potential Northcote byelection candidates". The New Zealand Herald. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "North Shore ward welcomes new leaders".
  9. ^ "The new Kaipatiki Local Board".