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For Hawke's Bay Regional Council 

Regional Councillors can make a difference to the environment and to the economy of Hawke’s Bay.
We all love living here but we can do better in both.

I am standing for Hawke's Bay Regional Council because:


Climate change is here. It is giving us dryer summers and more frequent floods in winter. Alongside wiser water use, sensible collection of water in winter can be used to increase our river flows in summer.


Water we collect in winter can also replenish our aquifer (underground) reserves and this is where most of the water for personal and commercial use comes from.


Regions do best when they focus on what they are good at. Hawke’s Bay is good at growing things and HBRC can facilitate this through:

  • Responsible management of the quality and quantity of water

  • Partnerships with our horticulturists and farmers to safeguard our environment.


We have the potential to develop world class practices in all these areas.


For the past 12 years I have worked with Hastings District and Napier City Councils and these relationships are important to bring better outcomes for the region.

I have known and worked with Jock for a long time. He’ll be a strong advocate for the environment and the economy... He’ll be a great Regional Councillor.

Rex Graham | HBRC Chairman 2015 – 2020

Jock’s work and personal commitment
to the Mitre 10 Regional Sports Park has demonstrated he gets things done, and ensures projects are completed. His ability to work with community as well as his rural background make him a great fit for the Regional Council.

Tania Kerr | Chair at HB Regional Sports Park Trust

I know Jock through his children, work at Mitre 10 Sports Park and as a rowing coach. A man who I can say has a genuine passion for people and is an asset to Hawke’s Bay.

Charissa Barham |
Netball Coach & Sport Consultant

Jock Mackintosh is without doubt a man of integrity, a man I have known for many years. I unequivocally support this advocate of the land and indeed the people.

Henare O’Keefe | QSM, Hastings Ambassador and Councillor, Flaxmere Ward

Jock was my coach at the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club. He brought out the best in us, both on and off the water.

Ed Laver | Former NZ Rower

Jock Mackintosh family

The Mac family - me, Jess, Tom, Bridget and Kate

A bit about me

I grew up on a farm in Waimārama, attended Massey University where I attained a Commerce degree and like many of us, flew the coop in my early twenties to do my OE. Since then, I have lived in several New Zealand cities, but the Bay is by far the best and my family - wife Bridget, and children Kate, Jess and Tom - returned here in 2007 and this is home.

Jock Mackintosh with Tom Mackintosh

Coaching Lake Karapiro with his son Tom

Community and sport

I am a strong believer in community engagement and sports participation and have served on several school boards.

I was a coach at the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club for 10 years and am currently a Director of Rowing New Zealand. Our daughters Kate and Jess have been active with Waimārama and Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving clubs and our son Tom was part of the successful NZ Rowing Eight who won Gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

“...we had a great team and we made things happen. I intend to bring that same philosophy to the Regional Council.”

Jock Mackintosh

Tree planting at Te Awanga


My first job was exporting honey with Arataki Honey and subsequently I worked in marketing and communications, mainly in Wellington, before I settled here in Hawke’s Bay.

For the last 12 years I have been CEO at Mitre 10 Sports Park. It was a green paddock when we started and we certainly faced some initial hurdles, but it is on a roll now and we have world class facilities. Like all successful projects, we had a great team and we made things happen. I intend to bring that same philosophy to the Regional Council.

Jock Mackintosh



For Hawke's Bay Regional Council 

Call me on 021 808 303 or email me at:

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