Alan Taylor


Cr Taylor is chair of the Infrastructure, Climate Change and Emergency Management Committee and deputy chair of the Chief Executive Review Committee.

Portrait of Councillor Alan Taylor

Alan is a fifth-generation Whanganui farmer, married with three adult children.

Alan received his secondary school education at Whanganui High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Massey University, receiving a Massey Scholarship as the top graduating student in his year.

In 1972 he completed post-graduate honours in climatology and went on to study and lecture at McGill and Brandon Universities in Canada. In 1978 he returned to Whanganui to farm grain, beef cattle and sheep at Westmere.

From 1980-2000 he was involved in agricultural politics, initially at the Whanganui provincial level, and later at national status, chairing the New Zealand Grains Council and serving at board level on the Foundation for Arable Research, the Arable Food Industry Council, United Wheat Growers and Federated Farmers New Zealand.

In local government he was on the Whanganui Rural Community Board for ten years and was chair for six years, during which he was Whanganui District Council’s appointee from the board.

In 2016 Alan was elected to Whanganui District Council. He qualified as a Resource Management Commissioner with a chair’s endorsement and has served on and chaired several Whanganui District Council plan hearings. He is the council's appointee to the Bushy Park/Tarapuruhi Trust Board.

His principle focus at the council is on affordability of Whanganui’s Infrastructure (roads and the three waters), climate change and rating matters. He is a ministerial appointee to the Ministry of Social Development’s Benefits Review Committee.

Alan’s current recreational interests are reading (history and science), watching rugby, a few beers or wines, hiking and cycling (e-bike!).