Your Mayor

Anita is the Mayor of Porirua City. She was elected in 2019 for a term of three years. Say kia ora when you spot her.

Korero with Anita Baker

Phone (business hours): (04) 237 1400 


Post: The Mayor, Porirua City Council, 

PO Box 50218, Porirua, 5240

Areas of responsibility:

  • Mayor
  • Deputy Chair - Chief Executive's Employment Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee member

Anita Baker 2019

Anita Baker was born and raised in Porirua City first elected to the Porirua City Council in 2010, she has been a trustee on the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust since 2016. 

She says the journey she took from a girl growing up in Paremata, to solo mum, administrator, community worker, setting up a private college, project manager then Councillor and now Mayor, is the sort taken by many successful women in top jobs in New Zealand. 

For her it was a transition that happened through hard work, aspiration and being involved in her local community. She’s aware that many in the Porirua community don’t have the resources or opportunities she’s had, and she will be a champion for everyone in the city.

Mayor Baker is excited about the composition of the new council with a good balance of age and cultural diversity. She has appointed two-term Eastern Ward Councillor Izzy Ford as Deputy Mayor.

Top of her priorities as Mayor will be investment in core infrastructure and key services and improving the health of the harbour. Infrastructure is the most important thing the council can invest in to support people’s lives and livelihoods. Jobs, new houses and investment are underpinned by good infrastructure, pipes, drains, reserves, roads and footpaths.

She also plans to use her position as Mayor to lobby central government and advocate for the city around housing, health, employment and transport options.

Mayor Baker has a reputation for getting things done efficiently and effectively.

Anita Baker 2019

Hard work wins out for new Mayor

The journey of Anita Baker, Porirua's new Mayor from growing up in Paremata to becoming a successful women in top jobs in New Zealand.

23 Oct 2019
news - council 2019

Your new Porirua Mayor and Council

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year's election.

22 Oct 2019
Mana College Memorial

Council humbled by Porirua’s response to Christchurch terror attacks

Porirua City Council has paid tribute to the city's response to the Christchurch terror attacks

10 Apr 2019