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

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Kaydee Zabelin - Palmerston North City Council

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Alan Somerville - Otago Regional Council

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Marie Laufiso – Dunedin City Council

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Thomas Nash – Greater Wellington Regional Council

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