Nigel Bickle describes himself as a “boy from Porirua” and he is certainly proud of his roots. He started his working life as a 20-year-old, processing benefit applications in the local welfare office.
He has now worked in the public sector for 30 years including eight as deputy chief executive of Immigration New Zealand, a role which gave him a lot of experience with Hawke’s Bay working with the horticulture and viticulture sector. Other previous roles include Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Labour and Acting Chief Executive of the Department of Building and Housing.
He spent 9 years working in the Housing area at Government across areas of leading the leaky home service and the implementation of changes to the Building Act in response to those issues.
More recently, Nigel was the head of the government’s Provincial Development Unit, which manages the Provincial Growth Fund.
Nigel took up the role as Chief Executive of the Hastings District Council on February 11, 2019.