David MacLeod, 54, was born in Hawera and raised in Manaia, attending Hawera College before completing an electrician apprenticeship. David bought into the electrical company he worked for, eventually buying the remainder of the business which is today called Linepower.

In 2000, David was elected to the Taranaki Regional Council. From 2007, he served as Chair until he stood down at this year’s local election.

David holds a number of governance roles including as chair of Predator Free 2050 and as a member of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board. Since 2001, he has been a director of Port Taranaki. He was also a Fonterra director from 2011 to 2017.

He lives in New Plymouth with his wife Leasa. They have three adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking and cycling.

After several years growing a local business and getting things done on the Taranaki Regional Council, I’m ready to use those skills to deliver for New Plymouth as part of a Christopher Luxon-led National team

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