New Zealand Labour Party

Jon Mitchell

Candidate for Southland

“Southland needs the stability and effectiveness of Jacinda Ardern's leadership, and deserves reliable, real local representation in the next government. I am looking forward to representing the region I was born and raised in the next government.”

Jon Mitchell



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Jon Mitchell

Meet Jon

I was born and raised in Queenstown, and worked in tourism, conservation and farming before studying at Otago University. My roots in the electorate combined with my professional experience in emergency response and recovery make me a strong candidate.

In the early 1990s, I returned to Queenstown to work in ski industry management and backcountry tourism. My wife Mary and I started our family in Dunedin. Mary became an emergency nurse, while I completed a degree in geography and planning. Since then I have grown my skills and experience working in community resilience and economic development, emergency management, and leadership. My work has taken me to the UK, Central Otago, Canterbury, Queenstown, Southland and Wellington.

I work with a range of people to bring about more equitable and sustainable outcomes for the communities I serve. I’ve lead planning and resilience-building for all hazards, including earthquake and human disease pandemic. I was a regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Controller during the Canterbury earthquakes, working alongside response leaders throughout the responses and the transition to recovery management.

I am currently the Deputy Director of Response + Recovery Aotearoa New Zealand (RRANZ). This consortium of universities, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and subject matter specialists, delivers disaster response and recovery leadership development programmes on behalf of the government. A key aspect of my role and capabilities is effective relationships with and inclusion of iwi and Māori in all that I do. I work constantly for equity in workplaces, service, and outcomes – encouraging and enabling all voices to be heard.

I will take the election to the people to bring about real change in representation, governance, and an inclusive and sustainable future for Northern Southland, Fiordland, Clutha, Central Otago and Queenstown, and for the nation.

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