Experienced Leadership


Six years ago, you gave me the privilege to serve as your Mayor.

Your support enabled me to lead Council’s achievements and progress towards a community that looks positively to the future.

During that time, Masterton won NZ’s Most Beautiful City, the $2.5m Netball Centre opened, and we focused on infrastructure and asset planning, to name a few.

I know what the job as Mayor entails; someone who is accessible, committed and passionate about Masterton. I’m seeking your continued support to keep advocating for us, regionally and nationally.

I will remain a strong, experienced voice for Masterton, which we need to keep attracting investment to create jobs, improve infrastructure to allow for growth, and foster the wellbeing of our people.

I will ensure that together we continue to protect our beautiful natural environment, so Masterton stays a wonderful place to live in, age in and raise a family.

About me

The youngest of seven children, I arrived in Masterton from Hastings as a twenty-year-old, loved it and have lived here ever since.

My husband Phil and I have two adult children Anna and Jamie and three gorgeous grandchildren – Nina 7, Drew 5 and Dara 1.

When our two children were young, I completed a Batchelor of Business Studies extramurally, later becoming a Chartered Accountant. When studying I worked in many part-time roles in Masterton – kitchen hand, cleaner, sales and factory hand.

I was raised with a set of values that are important to me; work hard, treat others as you would like to be treated, help and support family and give back to your community. I hold true to those values as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and Mayor.

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Preferring to make a difference in the community in which I lived, I chose a financial career in the public sector. I have worked in health, education, local government and the not-for-profit sector as well as a partner in a small business for three years.

One of my financial career highlights was the three years working in South Africa for National Treasury and assigned as a financial advisor to a municipality. It was a privilege to be given the opportunity to work in another country experiencing enormous transition and working with very devoted and committed people.

Returning to Masterton I decided to seek election as a Councillor for Masterton District Council. After two terms as a Councillor I was elected as Mayor in 2013.

Governance experience

I bring extensive governance experience to the table as a strong and positive leader.  Not afraid to make the hard calls but preferring to work with a team to arrive at the best solutions.

As Mayor I lead Council meetings as well as the Community Wellbeing Committee.  I represent the three Wairarapa Councils as a member of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee and am Deputy Chair of Wellington Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. I am also a member of the Regional Transport Committee and Wairarapa Economic Development Governance Group.

Prior to being Mayor I was Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committees for Council and the Wairarapa DHB, Chair Wairarapa Governance Review Working Group (three Councils) as well as Chairperson or member of numerous community committees and school Board of Trustees.


Lyn has led Council delivering business as usual, but has also driven or been involved in the following:

Masterton ‘Most Beautiful City 2017’ – Keep NZ Beautiful Award
Bring it to Colombo Trust – $2.5m Netball Centre
Successful ‘My Masterton’ campaign
Thirty Year Homebush (Waste Water) Strategy
Refurbishment of QE Park Grandstand and Cricket facilities
Advocate for increased social (public) housing
Town Centre rejuvenation Plan adoption
Neighbourhood Planning – four neighbourhood groups established
Increased investment in maintaining and renewing infrastructure
Focus on investment in Asset Management planning
Wairarapa Positive Ageing Strategy and Implementation Plan
Development of Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy (four Councils)
Queen Elizabeth Park Stage 5 Rejuvenation
Water Resilience Strategy
Supporting Riversdale Surf Life Club rebuild
Governance – appointed Iwi representation and independent Chair Audit Committee
Recreational Trails expansion
Lansdowne Shopping Village Refurbishment


Keeping Masterton a wonderful place to live requires tackling some key issues… big enough to require their own page!

Contact Lyn

If you have suggestions, comments or priorities you’d like to see for Masterton, send me a message.


I am pleased to be supporting Lyn Patterson’s candidacy for the Masterton Mayoralty.

Lyn has provided excellent leadership over the past six years as a strong advocate for our district both at regional and national level. During that time Lyn has developed an impressive network which continues to provide benefits now and in the future.

Lyn’s leadership has focussed on creating an inclusive community and recognising that as we improve and upgrade all our services and infrastructure our total population is considered.

I am confident as we consider the many sustainability challenges including climate change, water, infrastructure and community facilities, Lyn will provide the balanced leadership to meet our dreams and aspirations.

Bob Francis

In my experience, Lyn has done an outstanding job working in the interests of Masterton and the wider Wairarapa.

She is utterly dedicated, open-minded and has a rare ability to see the bigger picture and to get things done.

Who could ask for more than that in a mayor?

Chris Laidlaw

Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council