Sept. 9, 2019, 9:24 a.m.
Celebrity singer, songwriter and TV personality, Jason Kerrison who now lives in Kaitaia, is standing in the Far North District Council elections for the Te Hiku Ward, Aotearoa’s most northern council seat.
Originally from Invercargill and brought up in Christchurch Kerrison had spent some time camping in the Far North with friends and after experiencing the good things the Far North had to offer was set on relocating and bought some land 7 years ago.
After living here for 2 years Kerrison has become a local personality.
Kerrison admits he had never thought about running for council or any political persuasion however when was tapped on the shoulder and told “Hey mate, you’ve got a platform why don’t you use it?” that made him think that it would be remissive of him to not use that platform.
After posting on social media asking the public what they would expect out of a councillor Kerrison distilled the 200+ responses down to Kaitaia needing an upgrade.
“It feels like the social contract between the FNDC and the people of Te Hiku has completely broken down. I want to re-establish that and provide transparency also provide real results on the ground”.
He would love people to vote for him and to be in council, it’s more about shaping the narrative getting as many great ideas into the narrative to get Te Hiku moving, not like an old oil tanker but the fast end of the tail of a fish.
Kerrison is facing off against 15 other candidates vying for the 3 Te Hiku ward seats including experienced incumbents Felicity Foy and Mate Radich who are standing again.
The other candidates are activist and former Green MP Sue Bradford, Mark Osborne, John Tahana, Hazely Windelborn, Ian Bamber, Lillian Karaka, David Collard, Jaqi Brown, Sacha Kearney Yanke, Lyle Painting, Barry Murray and Nikki Tauhara.
Kerrison won an Apra Scroll award in 2008 and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music in the 2011 Queen's Birthday honours.