With some 20 years of hands-on local body governance experience within the region, Peter feels his understanding of the challenging issues facing the Coast has him well-placed to contribute positively to Westpower's visionary project and economic goals. As a long-standing elected representative on the West Coast Regional Council (six years Deputy Chairman), a past District Council community board member, along with successful historical project initiatives/management and being an accredited RMA Hearing Commissioner who has deliberated on a variety of consenting matters, this means that he has the knowledge and 'can do' background for the role. Peter regards Westpower with its successful subsidiaries, as one of the region's most progressive 'home-grown' success stories that commands a leading position economically and environmentally given the recent demise of others. It must continue investigating and promoting positive opportunities that will develop and maintain the likes of vital distribution infrastructure to enhance our prosperity and wellbeing. Greymouth born, with his wife Rose, they raised their four children at their family home in Rapahoe, where they have resided for many years.