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Sir Wira Gardiner

Wira Gardiner is chair of the Local Government Commission.

He has been a professional soldier having served in South Vietnam as a platoon commander.

He has been a senior public servant as founding director of the Waitangi Tribunal, and founding CEO of the Ministry of Maori Development Te Puni Kokiri.

He is a businessman involved in a range of investments including manuka honey and the commercialisation of whitebait.

He is an author and is currently finishing his sixth book - a war history of the 900 men who served in the 28 (Maori) Battalion from the Bay of Plenty.

He is married has five children and is a doting grandfather of 7 grandchildren.

Key Talking Points:

Wellington’s greatness is anchored in the pioneering continuum of History

  1. Arrival of Maori

  2. Arrival of settlers

  3. Political capital

  4. Historical heritage

  5. Balancing the economic behemoths of Canterbury and Auckland

Three Words: An enlightened septuagenarian!

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