Councillor Renee Dingwall has spent over a decade working in the community and for-purpose sector. She has seen a lot of the complex issues our society is currently facing and is passionate about supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. 

Renee has lived experiences of homelessness, poverty, and discrimination. She understands that desperate people make bad decisions, so leaders need to make sure that people have the tools, opportunities and experiences to enable and empower them to make good decisions. She has had a strong focus on housing solutions, thriving families and climate action. 

In 2019, Renee was the first Pasifika woman to be elected to the Palmerston North City Council. She is now the only Pasifika and the only woman of colour at this decision-making table. Renee’s portfolios are Housing, People and Community, Climate Change, Safe City and Education & Students.

Outside of council, Renee loves supporting locals, playing board games and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband Hugh, her three daughters (in primary, intermediate and high school) and her two dogs. She’s an epic fan of Palmy’s many parks and public services, and constantly hassles her wider family to move here.


Our people

Brent Barrett – Palmerston North City Council

City Councillor Brent Barrett works and votes to help make Palmerston North a future-ready city where everyone thrives.  With a background in envir...
Read More

Jessica Rose - Whau Local Board

Jessica Rose is a current elected member of Whau Board. She was previously elected to the Albert-Eden local board and has been an active community ...
Read More

Laurie Foon – Wellington City Council

Laurie Foon’s been a champion of sustainable business and social responsibility in Wellington city. She was a powerful advocate for new sewage solu...
Read More

Thomas Nash – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Thomas is an elected Councillor for Greater Wellington Regional Council, where he chairs the Climate Committee. In his first term as a councillor T...
Read More