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Lawrence Yule, 53, is married to Kerryn and has 4 adult children. He has lived in Hawke's Bay all his life apart from time away for education.

He has been Mayor of the Hastings District for 15 years, President of Local Government New Zealand for 9 years and recently retired as Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum after 6 years.

Lawrence has led and developed a number of large regional projects including the building of the Pettigrew Green Arena and the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park. He is currently leading the strengthening of the Hawkes Bay Opera House.

His community interests include being a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and a Trustee of the U-Turn Trust which assists the people of Flaxmere. Lawrence has special interests in climate change, environment issues, infrastructure and local government.

Outside of work, Lawrence enjoys relaxing with his family and fishing (if he had more time).