Councillor Angela O'Leary

​​​Councillor - West Ward

Phone: 07 974 0510
Mobile: 021 343 774
Email: angela.oleary@council.hcc.govt.nz

Angela is in her fourth term on the Council, having first been elected to the West Ward in 2007 and successfully holding her seat in three subsequent elections.

Born in Wellington, her family would visit her grandparents in Hamilton in the school holidays and she then moved here as a teenager. She has lived in the city ever since and had interests in the hospitality sector prior to her election to Council.

During her time on Council she has been the Chair of the Strategy and Policy Committee and the Zoo Plan Working Group, and is currently Chair of the Regulatory and Hearings Committee.

She was closely involved in the push to close synthetic drug stores in the city in 2013, as well as being a strong proponent of the development of Hamilton Gardens, the River Plan and the Pooches in Parks policy, which governs where owners can exercise their dogs.

Angela actively seeks to connect ratepayers with the business of the elected Council. She drove the introduction of the live online streaming of the Council's formal meetings and the Public Forums held beforehand. An early adopter of social media, she was one of the first councillors to join Facebook, which continues to be an active communication channel for her.

A proud supporter of the city's heritage, she proposed neighbourhood plans to protect and enhance the special characters of Frankton and Hamilton East, and then led the development of the Frankton edition.

The Norris Ward Park project was an Angela initiative that rejuvenated a tired city park on Ward Street, in part through the planting of Hamilton's first maple grove. After researching the history of the area, she came up with the park's new title to honour First World War veteran Hensleigh Carthew Marryat Norris and Second World War veteran Arthur Grenville Ward, who were both prominent city leaders in a variety of roles in their later years.

With only 30 per cent of elected representatives in New Zealand being female, Angela recognised that more needed to be done to encourage and support women to take up local and national politics as a career. So she founded Women in Politics, a national network of elected women that she continues to chair.

Her after-work passions include ballroom dancing, which she does three or four times a week, and hiking around the Waikato's reserves and parks – she can often be spotted walking or running around Hamilton Lake, one of her favourite haunts.

"My city is made up of wonderful, fun, innovative and exciting people and places, and I am proud to be a Hamiltonian."

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