City Councillor Brent Barrett works and votes to help make Palmerston North a future-ready city where everyone thrives. With a background in environmental advocacy and continued professional involvement in agri-science, Brent brings long term, solution-oriented thinking to his work representing the city’s constituents.
His main interests include transport and the environment, with a fair sprinkling of social justice. In responding to the climate and ecological crisis we face, Brent is working to build consensus and deliver practical climate action at the local level.
First elected in 2016, today Brent serves as Chair of the Council’s Environmental Sustainability Committee, Deputy Chair of the Arts Culture and Heritage Committee, is the City’s representative on the Regional Passenger Transport Committee, and leads the Council’s Transport and Science & Innovation portfolios.
Brent particularly enjoys connecting with the wider community, visiting the city’s great green spaces, public library and museum, and the easy access to biking, tramping and beach adventures on the city’s doorstep. A regular commuter by bike, he’s lived and worked in the city since immigrating from the United States at the turn of the century.