The Mayor

The Mayor of the Otorohanga District is Max Baxter



Max Baxter is the Mayor of the Otorohanga District; a rural community of approximately 10,000 residents in the central North Island of New Zealand.  The district includes the Otorohanga township, a small coastal village called Kāwhia, and an extensive pastoral farming community.  As a local farm owner in Otorohanga, Max understands the importance of retaining the vibrancy, culture and pride of the community. 

The Otorohanga District is a great place to live, to learn, to farm and to do business.  As a farmer who has been privileged to raise a wonderful family in rural New Zealand, Max is passionate about ensuring that New Zealand’s small towns and rural communities continue to thrive and prosper.  His vision is:

  • to support Otorohanga’s existing businesses and communities while encouraging growth in a sustainable way
  • uniting young and old for stronger communities
  • driving business sustainability, in the town and the country
  • to ensure effective relationships with Māori so we can work together towards win-win solutions in which everyone benefits

Max belongs to the core group of Mayors who support all New Zealand communities in this quest.

The key focus for Max’s Mayoralty is promoting a vibrant district for our children and grandchildren in a changing demographic and planting seeds for a better future.

Outside of Council Max enjoys spending time with wife Lindsay and their son and daughter when they are home from university. And also the opportunist round of golf and the his new VW Kombi. 


If you would like to invite the Mayor to an Event, you can easily send him an email to: or Phone: 07 873 4379

In your invitation please describe the event, including:

  • the name
  • the date
  • the time
  • the location
  • an idea of who will be attending.

Include the duration of the event and the desired duration of the Mayor’s attendance.

Mention if you would like him to give a speech, and if so, what you would like him to talk about and how long you would like the speech to be.

The Mayor’s Executive Assistant will check his availability, should the Mayor not be available, the Mayor’s office will suggest that the invitation be extended to another Otorohanga District Council elected representative and assist you with this connection.

The Mayor attends many Events throughout the District each year and often wears the famous Kiwiana Chains to Official Events.