Rangitīkei District Council's first Māori woman councillor Soraya Peke-Mason is not standing again this year - her interests have moved away to Māori land development and tourism.

Peke-Mason was voted on to the council in 2007, representing the Turakina Ward. She was only the second Māori person to get a seat, after her uncle, Mark Grey. It was a difficult place at first, with fellow councillors mostly male farmers, a laidback mayor and a controlling chief executive.

As the lone councillor for Turakina, Peke-Mason had to fight hard to make her points.

But two terms on the Ratana Community Board