New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician nomination – Moira Irving


Current Taranaki Regional Councillor Moira Irving has been living in Hawkes Bay but stayed on as a Taranaki Regional Councillor despite being in Hawkes Bay. She is now running as a pro-dam candidate in the Napier ward for the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, the anointed successor to the much unlamented retiring councillor Christine Scott.

Moira Irving ran for National in New Plymouth in 2005, and was beaten by Harry Duynhoven. There is no shame in that, as Harry was a popular local member with a long track record of service in New Plymouth. His career may have been less successful since the 2005 election, but the wheels were falling off Labour and he ran into the exceptionally competent and very underrated Jonathan Young in 2008.  

What there is shame in is Moira Irving has been living in Hawkes Bay but has not resigned her Taranaki Regional Council seat. It is not possible to properly represent people when they are a five-hour drive away from where you are living, and a good candidate would have resigned on moving. Perhaps Moira thought the TRC would not accept her resignation as they refused in earlier when she got convicted of drunk driving.


Taranaki regional councillor Moira Irving offered to resign from the role after being charged with drink-driving at twice the legal limit.

But the offer was declined.

The 58-year-old owner of Waiau Estate pleaded guilty last month to blowing 769mcg on April 21. The legal limit is 400mcg.

Police pulled her over on Morley St, New Plymouth, after the vehicle was seen weaving across the road.

Last night TRC chairman David McLeod confirmed he received his councillor’s offer of resignation but turned it down.

“It was my decision. I didn’t accept it,” Mr McLeod said.

Word from the HBRC is that resident drinker Cr Alan Dick is concerned that if Moira is elected he might miss out on the free council booze, unless he can get himself to functions unconscionably and unfashionably early.

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