Tory is the council’s first wahine Māori mayor. Originally from Pātea in South Taranaki, Tory is of Pakakohe and Ngā Ruahine descent.
Tory was elected on a platform of change. More affordable housing in the city, better public transport and greater opportunities for walking and cycling are central to Tory’s vision of a city that’s compassionate and inclusive. She also wants to strengthen relationships with mana whenua, building on the Tūpiki Ora Māori Strategy which the council adopted in 2022.
And as a harbour city, Tory is focussed on climate action to ensure we remain a liveable city. It’s also about looking after local businesses, the arts and our hospitality sector. They are a major part of what makes Wellington special – a creative, innovative, City of Impact.
By making these decisions now it ensures Pōneke remains a strong and resilient capital.
Tory has worked as a film censor and held marketing roles with multi-national insurance companies. More recently she spent 6 years as the chief of staff for the Green Party. She lives in Wellington with her dog Teddy.
She is learning to love the Phoenix football team.
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