Tina Nixon

Ngāi Tahu

"Tina Nixon has lived in the Wairarapa with her partner David Hayes for nearly a decade in a small piece of paradise in the Rangitumau Valley with their three dogs, a horse called Floyd some sheep and cows and some chooks.

She is a 6th generation Southlander descended from farmers and fishermen and school teachers. Tina is of Ngai Tahu descent and she has been an active muttonbirder for most of her life.

Tina has one son, Matthew who is a helicopter pilot. His partner is Amber Griffin. Amber’s father Trevor was brought up in the region. Tina convinced her parents Joy and Robin Campbell, to shift from the Deep South to the Wairarapa and now they are very happy living in Carterton. Tina’s only sister Tracy Campbell also recently shifted to the Wairarapa and is a real estate agent for Property Brokers.

Tina works and consults for a number of other clients including the Carterton District Council.

She has been an award winning journalist, and has held many community and economic development roles throughout New Zealand.

She spent three years commuting from the Wairarapa every week to work in Christchurch for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority as Chief of Staff (Communications).

She was most recently the Economic Development Programme Manager at the Masterton District Council and was responsible for the MyMasterton promotion campaign.

Tina loves the Wairarapa and now calls it home."

Biographical sources

  • http://tinanixonformasterton.nz/about-tina/ 18 November 2016


  • "Ani May." Huia short stories 7. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2007.
  • Non-fiction

  • "Ngai Tahu mourns chief." Southland Times, (12 Jul 1996): 1.
  • "Everybody's businessman." Southland Times, (29 Jun 1996): 25.
  • "Ngai Tahu chief farewelled." Southland Times, (16 Jul 1996): 1.
  • "Fiordland feast." Southland Times, (13 Jan 2001): 26.
  • "Great loss to Te Anau community." Southland Times, (15 Jun 2011): 11.