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Daran Ponter

Candidate for Greater Wellington Regional CouncilDaran Ponter

Daran started his career as a regional planner - getting pieces of the jigsaw to fit together to make socially, economically, culturally, and environmentally strong and connected communities. 

Daran is driven by his belief in social justice, and desire to give opportunity for all.   He has lived in Wellington for 22 years, with his wife Vickie.  They have two teenage children - Crystal and Thomas....and a Samoyed called Alaska.  Daran is a keen supporter of Saturday morning sport, loves adventure sports and getting around community events.

Daran is Wellington Team Labour's spokesperson on transport and the environment.  Daran was born in 1968 in Kitwe, Zambia and lived in Suva, Fiji before his family settled in New Zealand in the 1981.

Daran's first job was as a petrol station attendant in Palmerston North.  Daran studied sociology and geography at Massey University (BA (Hons) 1990, Massey Scholar) and later graduated with a Masters of Public Policy at Victoria University.

After leaving university Daran was employed as a regional planner with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council before joining the Greater Wellington Regional Council.  Daran then spent nine years working for the Ministry of Maori Development, which included responsibility for establishing the Maori Television Service. In the mid-2000s Daran moved to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, before establishing himself as an independent public policy adviser.

Daran was elected to the Greater Wellington Regional Council in 2010 and 2016.  Daran has specialised in public transport and resource management issues.

Daran met his wife Vickie (Te Ati Awa) at University in 1986.  They have two teenage children - Crystal and Thomas....and a Samoyed called Alaska.  Daran is a keen supporter of Saturday morning sport, loves adventure sports and getting involved in community events.

For a strong, local voice for the Wellington Region, vote Daran Ponter for Regional Council

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