Jill Day was first elected to Council in 2016 and is one of three Takapū/Northern Ward Councillors. A long-time resident of the northern suburbs, Jill grew up in Johnsonville and now lives in Tawa with her husband, three children and dog, Nikau.
Jill's time as a primary school teacher inspired her to stand for council, with the aim of supporting struggling families. She wanted to provide these people with access to the opportunities they deserve, challenging the cycle of poverty. She is passionate about advocating for children and young people, Māori, and Wellington's most vulnerable. She has a strong interest in supporting and engaging with her local community, regularly attending local events and listening and responding to residents' concerns.
In 2018, Jill lead the adoption of Te Tauihu, Wellington City Councils Te Reo Māori policy to make Wellington a Te Reo Māori city by 2040 , which will ensure that the language is seen, heard, and spoken widely in the city.
Jill has extensive leadership experience in her community, including as Chair of a school Board of Trustees and as President of Tawa-Linden Playcentre.
Jill holds a science degree in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology from Victoria University of Wellington. She also holds a post graduate diploma in primary teaching.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, and spending time with friends. She loves spending family time in the great outdoors: bike riding, tramping, and camping.
Jill descends from Ngāti Tūwharetoa and values the relationships she has built with local mana whenua in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.