Peter has a lifelong link to the Methodist Church and was a Methodist Minister for 20 years. He chairs Wellington’s Wesley Community Action, and is Social Housing Convenor for the Methodist Alliance. He has also served on the Board of the Methodist Lifewise Trust in Auckland.
His background is in the ecumenical movement, aid and development, Treaty training, and community work. He managed a community owned health service for high deprivation communities in the Hutt Valley, then a national network of primary health services – Health Care Aotearoa.
He was a member and Chair of the Board of Hutt Valley DHB, Chair of the national DHBs, Deputy Chair of Capital and Coast DHB, and a Hutt City Councillor. He was 9 years a Wellington Regional Councillor, becoming Deputy Chair of the Council, responsible for Public Transport, Economic Development and Flood Management.
Peter has over 40 years of wide ranging leadership in the community sector, currently serving on the Problem Gambling Foundation Board as well as the Church agencies, and Hutt City Council’s property development company. His latest passion is a Tiriti-based citizens assembly in Porirua, in partnership with Ngati Toa Rangatira.
Peter and his wife Joan Skinner live in Korokoro, Lower Hutt, enjoying their merged family of 6 children and 11 grandchildren.