James Barron

Candidate for election to Whanganui District Council and Whanganui District Health Board


With 30 of my 52 years building deep business experience consulting and delivering real IT change to enterprise, local and central government I understand management & change. With recent real success with Castlecliff’s rejuvenation I’ve built a deep appreciation and affection for our Whanganui communities. I’ll work to see Council developing agile, smart change and engagement with residents, Iwi, businesses, artists and all calling Whanganui home.

Housing focus – I believe we have a crisis and will look hard to find where council can make changes to see more good, affordable homes. Fixing delays, barriers & costs arising from the building consent process and encouraging more density to give us more affordable homes.

Community engagement focus – I’ve seen the value of real community engagement delivering real value from limited budgets.

Digital focus - drawing on my IT business experience to address digital divide and see smart use of IT

Recent local achievements (at no cost to the ratepayer)

  • Housing: bringing MBIE/DIA Healthy Homes working group to Whanganui & fascilitating engagement with Council, tenants, landlords & Iwi.

  • Community: Building the Castlecliff Library delivering literacy, training, community space and services. Vision & support for church, Waka Ama, KASM making change at a local level. Council engagement. Secretary of Progress Castlecliff.

  • Business: building on success with Citadel Café, nurturing “Soul, Body, Beauty” Hairdresser with co-working hub to come. Assisting numerous local businesses with Google listings.

  • Digital: www.Castlecliff.NZ/Facebook - that have been instrumental in building Pride in Castlecliff. CCTV. Various public digital access initiatives.

  • Engagement - initiating & challenging Council to bring a full council meeting out of chambers and into the suburbs - an experience valued by council and community and that I want to see as a regular feature of Council business not only for Castlecliff but Aramoho, Whanganui East, Durie Hill, Putiki and all areas.

  • Art: inspired public spaces.


To take rejuvenation from suburb to city I ask for your vote.

James Barron

Phone: 06 213-4844

Email: james@castlecliff.nz

Facebook: www.FB.com/pg/James4Whanganui

Authorised by James Barron, 10 Karaka Street, Castlecliff, Whanganui 4501


The experience with smart, community driven improvement I hope to bring to Whanganui District Council is summed up in the two photographs below...


Barely four years ago

This was the centre of Castlecliff. Shuttered graffitied shops, bare uncared for sections that served as a dumping ground and a broken sign pointing to a long closed motel.


This is the same view now.

Succulent gardens and a rejuvenated streetscape

The Citadel, one of Whanganui’s best café’s

Rangiora St Library – an innovative self service initiative of Whanganui Libraries

Shannon our community minded hairdresser

A driftwood & Corten Steel sculpture park

One of three new lifesaving AED’s now in Castlecliff

Clifflife church

and (soon) a co-space encouraging home/work/life balance and productivity