Our Councillors


Aleisha-Rutherford-w.jpgThanks for stopping by, my name is Aleisha Rutherford,

I am a local Ashhurst resident and have been for 23 years and I am also a newly elected Councillor for the Palmerston North City Council. Whilst I was elected on a city wide basis, Ashhurst is very important to me and I strive to ensure all local residents know they can contact me with any council related matters.

Ashhurst is a wonderful place to live and visit. Being 'out of town' (an easy 12 minute drive to Palmerston North) gives us a village feel. We have all you need; an excellent school, great early childcare education options, choices for dinning both during the day and in the evening (I highly recommend the snitzel at the Ashhurst Inn) and a strong vibrant community who are passionate about protecting what we have.

If you here to stay or just passing by - enjoy!


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duncan_mccann.jpegHi I’m Duncan McCann, local City Councillor.

It’s an honour to be re-elected to the City Council for a second term.

Although there is no longer ward representation, I look forward to continuing to work in the interest of Ashhurst residents and toward Ashhurst’s future. 

There is much to like here. Nestled beside the rivers, gateway to the Gorge, lookout to the Windmills. With stunning scenic walkways and a gem of a Domain, the Ashhurst Pohangina communities are blessed to have a fortunate and beautiful location, where rural meets town in a unique Village character.

Contact me anytime on +64 (21) 357704


Or follow me on the McCann for Council Facebook Page or on our Ashhurst Facebook Page

Rachel-Bowen-w_thumbnail.jpgHello Ashhurst!  I'm Rachel Bowen and I was elected to Palmerston North City Council in 2013. 

I'm married to Jon, we have three young children and live on the Ashhurst side of the city.  My background is in Human Resource Development and I run a learning consultancy based in Palmerston North.  Through my business I provide training and learning support in our community, working with parents, families, community groups, local businesses and schools.

One of the things I love about living in Palmerston North is our close proximity to a rural New Zealand.  As a city, we're fortunate to have the outstanding beauty and outdoor facilities of Ashhurst and Pohangina on our doorstep.  Having villages like Ashhurst within the bounds of the city gives our people more choice about the kind of lives they want to live. 

I'm available to discuss any council issues, or to attend community events - please do get in touch.

Phone:  06 358 9862   Mobile: 021 167 2267

Email:  rachel.bowen@pncc.govt.nz

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/rachelbowenpncc