Richmond woman latest council candidate


Richmond’s Dana Wensley announced this week that she is standing for the Tasman District Council in the upcoming elections.

Dana says she brings a strong track record in board experience, advocacy, and commercial acumen. Prior to raising a family, she worked as a commercial lawyer at Kensington Swan in Auckland.

She has a PhD in medical law and ethics from King’s College in London and was appointed last year by the Minister of Health to serve as legal representative on the National Ethics Advisory Committee. She is also a director on the Copyright Licensing Board, and currently serves as the consumer representative on the Hospital Advisory Committee of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

“Building inclusive communities where health, housing, wellbeing, and infrastructure are seen as interconnected cogs in the wheel, not disconnected parts of the whole, is what I want to push at the council level,” she says

Standing for Tasman District Council, she hopes to bring a woman’s voice to the council chamber following the decision of Judene Edgar not to stand for re-election.

“This area has so much to offer. I am standing for council because transparency and communication should be the bedrock of the relationship between council and its people. Recent indications are that this part of the relationship has broken down.”