Councillor Sean Rush

Motukairangi/Eastern Ward

Local body candidate Sean Rush.
Sean Rush

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Note: Councillor Rush is on leave from his council duties to receive medical treatment. Other Councillors have been appointed to act in his absence. For more information see: News - Cr Rush to take medical leave 26.04.22

Sean was first elected to Council in 2019, and is one of three Eastern Ward councillors for the 2019–22 triennium.

Sean is a lawyer licensed to practise in New Zealand and the UK. His career has primarily been focussed in the oil, gas, and energy sectors and he has worked in diverse locations including the Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and North America.

Sean holds a Masters in Petroleum Law and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Dundee, and is completing a Masters in Climate Change Science and Policy at Victoria University of Wellington.

Sean is an active rugby player turning out for the Wellington "Axemen's" President's team. Sean also volunteers as a community Police Officer, is Chair the Roseneath Residents' Association, and is an Expert Reviewer for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change's sixth assessment report due out in 2021.

Sean spent twenty years based in London and returned to New Zealand in 2013. He lives in Roseneath and is married with two young children.

Committee membership

Te Kaunihera o Pōneke | Council
Pūroro Tahua | Finance and Performance Committee
Pūroro Āmua | Planning and Environment Committee
Pūroro Waihanga | Infrastructure Committee
Pūroro Rangaranga | Social, Cultural and Economic Committee
Pūroro Maherehere | Annual Plan/Long-Term Plan Committee Member 
Ngutu Taki | CEO Performance Review Committee Member
Kāwai Māhirahira | Audit and Risk Subcommittee

External appointments

Basin Reserve Trust Member
Wellington Regional Stadium Trust Member
Wastewater Treatment Plant and Landfill Joint Committee Member
Local Government New Zealand Zone 4 Member