MEET PAULA

Paula Southgate
Paula Southgate

I am currently the Chairperson of Community and Services at the Hamilton City Council. In this role I lead Council in discussions and decision making related to a wide range of city facilities, services and community groups.

Prior to this, and for the past 15 years, I have worked at Hamilton's elected representative on the Waikato Regional Council, and as the Chairperson from 2013-2016. In these roles I have take and lead in negotiating with a broad range of partners like central government, businesses, iwi and 12 other councils on behalf of the region and the Hamiltonians who elected me.

Hamilton is my home. I completed my schooling here attending Hamilton Girls' High School and the University of Waikato. I have raised my family here, watching my daughters play netball at Minogue Park and Lacrosse at Melville Park. My husband Greg and I play basketball at the YMCA and ballroom dance at Footwork Studio. When I get some spare time I enjoy the Hamilton Gardens, river walks, the cinema and many of our local cafes and restaurants.

My family and I are proud Hamiltonians who choose to live here because we are passionate about the city and the opportunity it provides.

My vision for Hamilton:

Hamilton will be a vibrant city that offers a high quality, easy-living lifestyle. A place people are proud to call home with affordable housing, great education, employment, a strong economy and a range of transport choices, including public transport, cycleways and walkways. A place where people, sport, recreation, arts and culture are valued and supported. A place rich in community events and green spaces where it's easy to enjoy city life.

Working for the community.

I understand the key issues for Hamilton and am dedicated to making my home city the best it can be.

I enjoy working with key stakeholders and the community, both within Hamilton, the broader region and Wellington. I am and always have been a very strong advocate for our City and for the things that make a difference to those who live here.

I have served as Hamilton's representative on Waikato Regional Council for 15 years and have been the Chair for the past three. I have shown I can drive and deliver key projects, plans and policies, resolving complex and difficult issues. I am hardworking and focused, and am prepared to do the hard yards and make the tough decisions.

I am an effective Chairperson who can cut through divided politics to enable people to pull together for the benefit of the community. I am collaborative, accessible and approachable and I will represent your interests with integrity.

I don't just work for the community.
I work in and with the community.


I would love to hear your views and concerns.

What am I proud of?

  • Working constructively and collaboratively as your Regional Chairperson with a range of groups to achieve positive outcomes for the city and wider region;
  • Participating as a member of the project HALO development team that helped bring tui back to the city;
  • Serving the community through governance roles at both Knighton Normal School and Hamilton Girls' High School;
  • Building relationships in the community that enable me to bring people together.
25 years

governance experience in Local Government and Education

25 years - governance experience in Local Government and Education
30 years

of community work and engagement

30 years -  of community work and engagement
Formal qualifications

in Social Studies, Education, Governance and Management

Formal qualifications - in Social Studies, Education, Governance and Management