Elayne Kessl

My principal place of residence is in the Kaitake Community Board area.

I came to Ōākura from the U.S. in 2000, recruited by the Ministry of Education as a Speech Therapist and Service Manager for Taranaki schools. I'm still living and loving it here 22 years later and as a NZ citizen. I am a community minded person with a lifelong commitment to the care of people of all ages and cultures.

Once retired from working for the Ministry, I wanted to remain connected to my community. Many remember me as The Ice Cream Lady when I scooped and sold ice cream from a cart at Shearer Reserve. I've always worked for the collective good as in past National elections and censuses.

I'm interested in the well-being of children and also in adults remaining active. I started Pickleball at the Ōākura Hall, a sport inclusive of all adults. My education includes two Masters Degrees.

I'm capable and keen.

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