Stephen Ruru

Council Member

Stephen is an experienced executive who has extensive experience across the local government and health sectors.

Appointee: Ministerial

Iwi: Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui

Term ends: 31 May 2024

He is currently Chief Executive at the Taranaki Regional Council having previously served in the same role at the Southland, Kaipara and Thames-Coromandel District Councils.

He has held governance roles with Milford Sound Tourism,  Lakes District Health Board and the Department of Corrections. Of Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Ranginui descent, Steve was awarded a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, and is a Chartered Accountant Fellow (FCA) with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Email Sarah-Jane Morkel – council secretary – at

Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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