Whanganui District Council Holdings Ltd


Whanganui District Council Holdings Limited (WDCHL) is a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO). It has been operating since 2002 and is fully owned by Whanganui District Council.

Our role

WDCHL’s role is to manage and oversee the Council's commercial assets. We also advise the Council on new investment opportunities and the strategic management of assets.

The assets are:

WDCHL brings business experience, industrial expertise and an independent focus to the governance of the Council's commercial operations. We make sure that the assets we oversee are well-managed and provide the best possible financial and strategic returns to the Council. Financial proceeds from the assets are then directed by the Council into areas and activities that benefit the whole of the Whanganui community and our district.

WDHCL is accountable to the Council through an annual Statement of Intent, regular reporting to Council meetings and the publication of annual reports and financial statements. It also produces an Annual Report.

Our board

Annette Main Annette Main ONZM (Chair)

Annette Main was Mayor of the Whanganui District from 2010 to 2016. Before that, she represented Whanganui for 12 years on the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council, chairing the Environment Committee for nine years and serving as deputy chair for three years. Annette is also currently the Deputy Chair of the Whanganui District Health Board.

Focused on the ongoing strengths of New Zealand's regions, she is strongly focused on economic diversity, where emphasis is on growing the reputation of Whanganui as a place to live based on the existing attributes and enhancement of existing business activity.

Simon KaripaDeclan Millin (Deputy Chair)

Appointed to the Board in October 2020.


Simon Karipa Simon Karipa

Simon is a lawyer by background and is currently a senior executive and company director with significant investment and governance experience. Current governance positions include chairman, Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd; Chairman, Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and a Minister-appointed member of the Charities Registration Board. He has extensive iwi relationships and deep networks within the iwi / Māori commercial sector. Simon was born in Whanganui and is of Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Ngā Wairiki-Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Hauiti and Pākehā descent. He was appointed to the Board in March 2018.

Simon KaripaCarolyn van Leuven

Carolyn is a former commercial law firm partner and deputy chief executive of large government agencies, with a strong background in a range of sectors including energy & resources, infrastructure, te Ao Māori, justice and the border sector.

She brings a sound, broad-based view of NZ government, business and community issues from her unusually varied experiences across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors, including a privileged 41⁄2-year period in the Beehive serving two Prime Ministers as one of a small group of non-partisan advisors.

Carolyn is of Te Atiawa o te Waka-a-Maui descent and a graduate of Whanganui Girls’ College and the University of Canterbury. She is an independent director and consultant, and appointed to the Board in October 2020.