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Gisborne District Council - Gisborne Ward
Gisborne District Council - Gisborne Ward
Gisborne District Council - Gisborne Ward
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Marital Status
Two (11 and 7)

I live in the area I am seeking to represent

I was elected in 2010 after spending many years on the other side of the table trying to get changes through Council.

Positive change does take time, especially in big, old institutions. I've loved my first term on Council and many people have said I am helping create good change.

Much of my efforts have focused on making Council more open and inclusive for everybody in the district.

We've kept rate rises well below what was planned but my priorities have also been transport, housing and environmental issues, community development and supporting industries that are good for Gisborne. While I have just one vote, I'm not a typical councillor and hope to continue my influence on the kind of conversations Council has as we serve and involve our whole community.

You can call/txt me anytime (0274202957) and I've loved connecting with thousands of locals via Facebook and my website:

Top 5 Issues

  1. Economic Development
  2. Environmental Protection
  3. Community Development
  4. Liveable City
  5. Affordable District

Personal Profile

Though ward councillors are the source of local government’s legitimacy and democratic accountability, they also serve as local spokespeople, they are coordination points and one of the main methods by which many local people engage with their authorities.

With a vibrant local economy we can look after our environment, encourage our kids to move back, and develop the most liveable little city in the world.

I have been a strong advocate for Gisborne city residents and the district as a whole. 

On my watch Council has been able to keep average rates increases at the rate of inflation while making rapid progress on key projects.

Some highlights I’m proud of:

  • Getting cycleways and walkways built sooner
  • Fighting to get the railway reopened and stopping cuts to local roads funding
  • Progressing economic development plans
  • Establishing a neighbourhood Community Matching Fund
  • Improving forestry management rules
  • Securing a permanent community development seat for Tairāwhiti Youth Voice
  • Promoting real alternatives to petroleum development
  • Increasing funding to prevent illegal dumping and improving waste management

I will work towards attracting more food and wood processing industries to Gisborne, assisting high tech businesses to grow here, and supporting iwi to develop high value products that creat jobs and don't cost the Earth.

I grew up in Tauranga on our parents small farm. My dad was a postie then social worker, and has been a small farmer and market gardener for more than 30 years. Mum was a teacher, accountant and small business owner. My whakapapa includes Irish, Tongan, Spanish and Scottish ancestry.

I live in Kaiti with my wife Tarsh Koia, our two children (11 and 7). We are part of a vibrant neighbourhood and often share meals and childcare with our neighbours. Our property backs on to Te Poho o Rawiri Marae and Titirangi Reserve and we walk out our backdoor onto Kaiti Hill – it’s a beautiful place to live!

Tarsh grew up at Huanui, a sheep station behind Tolaga Bay, and her family is from Tikitiki (Koia) and Makarika (Makarini). She was raised by her grandparents and we moved to Gisborne in 1998 to look after them.

After leaving school I studied design for five years and completed a Bachelor of Design degree from Victoria University in Wellington. I worked in the design and advertising industry, lectured at university and eventually did secondary school teacher training through Christchurch College of Education. After a few years teaching students at risk of leaving mainstream schooling, I decided to put my time and energy into community organising and youth work where I helped establish a school for teenage parents and a childcare centre for their children, youth offending prevention services and alternative education programmes. Over the past ten years I have worked in international development on projects in Nepal, Fiji and the Philippines – and was a Board member of The Council for International Development (NZ) and worked as a short-term contractor for The World Bank in 2006.

I had a stint in the public service managing contracts for the Ministry of Social Development (Child, Youth & Family) for two years and since 2004 have been the Director of a small social research and management company I started with a business partner.

During my first term on Gisborne District Council I have been on the Community Development Committee (Deputy Chair), Environment & Policy Committee, Hearings Committee, Regional Transport Committee and Civil Defence (all councillors).

In addition to my Council responsibilities, I am continuing to work as a self-employed researcher and project manager. I do work for a couple of national organisations and some local projects.

My main work for 2013 involves leading a project focused on two neighbourhoods in Whanganui and Gisborne. The project encourages local residents to increase the levels of trust amongst neighbours with the intention that more caring neighbours can help reduce child abuse and neglect.

In a voluntary capacity I am involved with a number of community organisations including:

  • Board of Trustees, Waikirikiri School (Chairperson)
  • Tairāwhiti Computer Hubs Trust (Trustee)
  • Gisborne Cycling Advisory Group
  • Tairāwhiti Housing Advisory Group
  • Gisborne Rail Action Group
  • Tairāwhiti Multicultural Council (Committee Member)
  • Tairāwhiti Men Against Violence (Foundation Member)
  • Rongo-i-te-Kai Marae (Treasurer)

Recently I have also been involved in leadership roles with:

  • Gisborne Chamber of Commerce
  • Tairāwhiti Community Voice (Gisborne East Coast Council of Social Services)
  • Ka Pai Kaiti Trust
  • Te Ora Hou Te Tairāwhiti Trust

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You can contact me here:

Phone: 868 6889 or 0274202957

Email: manu[at]

Home: 21 Cambridge Tce, Kaiti, Gisborne.

I’m also on Facebook & Twitter if that is how you prefer to connect with me!

Authorised by Manu Caddie of 21 Cambridge Tce, Kaiti, Gisborne.

Questions answered by Manu Caddie


Manu Caddie's Reply

A quick survey on a few key issues
I think I answered this already eh Ryan?

a) Oil exploration = 5
b) Fracking = 5
c) Deep sea drilling = 5
d) Tourism = 1
e) Agriculture = 1
f) Intensive agriculture = 4
g) Forestry = 2
h) local inequality = 5
and 1 key issue in our region that you want to address? = Increased public participation in decision-making.
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Gisborne District Council - Gisborne Ward

Results - Final

Rehette Stoltz
Brian Wilson
Manu Caddie
Larry Foster
Andy Cranston
Craig Bauld
Meredith Akuhata-Brown
Amber Susan Dunn
Alan Davidson
Allan Hall
Clive Bibby
Tina Karaitiana
Selwyn Parata
Trevor Helson
Tutekawa Wyllie
Clare Radomske
Katie Tamanui-Thomas
Hemara Donnelly
Peter Jones