Horowhenua Chronicle

Return home for council’s new CEO


Monique Davidson has been welcomed home by Muau¯ poko, Nga¯ti Raukawa ki te Tonga, and Horowhenua District Council staff with a po¯whiri and mihi whakatau.

Monique takes up the role of the council's chief executive.

“The council and I are excited about working with Monique and welcoming her back to Horowhenua District Council, this time as our chief executive,” said mayor Bernie Wanden.

“Monique joins us at a time we're experienci­ng unpreceden­ted growth in our district, and local government is facing a number of significan­t reforms, the magnitude of which NZ hasn't seen since the 1980s.

“Councils are grappling with these reforms and having to reimagine their role in the community.

“We are excited to welcome such an enthusiast­ic and transforma­tive leader and are confident that Monique has the skills and experience to lead us through this period of change.”

As an experience­d and strong chief executive, Monique has significan­t and strong relationsh­ips with iwi, other territoria­l authoritie­s, and central government.

She was the chief executive of Central Hawke's Bay District Council, a role that she held for the past five years.

Before that, she held several senior executive roles at Horowhenua District Council, the most recent position being that of group manager, customer and community services.

Monique said: “I am excited about the opportunit­ies ahead, but under no illusion of the challenges.

“However, I know a few things, I know the power of community voice, the power of a united and community focused strategy, and the importance of an organisati­on that reflects a spirit of service.

“In the face of government reform, growth and significan­t and urgent roading investment, together we have some massive goals to achieve.”

Monique continued: “No matter our journey and the path ahead, we cannot do it alone – partnershi­ps and working together are at our core.”

Monique joined the council on May 2. She takes over from David Wright, who was appointed as interim chief executive to lead the organisati­on in late January when David Clapperton resigned.

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Monique Davidson

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