David Elliott’s family have been in Hawke’s Bay since the 1800’s and generations of his family have called Napier home. His Father, Grandfather and Great Grandmother were all born in Napier.
Growing up in Hawke’s Bay was fantastic but David’s childhood was not without difficulty. David grew up in a low socio-economic environment and his parents separated when he was young. He alternatively lived with his Mother, Father, and finally his Grandmother.
David has always loved sport and the outdoors and like his Grandfather, he represented Hawke’s Bay in cricket, although his grandfather scored a lot more runs. David’s father introduced him to tramping at an early age and David now takes his own son into the Kaweka’s and other beautiful parts of New Zealand’s rugged landscape.
After time as a Labourer and then Radio Announcer, David applied for the RNZAF and graduated as a Pilot in 1993. David spent 11 years in the RNZAF, primarily on Iroquois Helicopters. During his career David enjoyed working with many different organisations including the Police; Department of Conservation; Search and Rescue; the United Nations; Civil Defence; Fire; and Ambulance services. The best part about helicopter flying was interacting with everyday people across New Zealand.
David served overseas in regional conflicts, as a peacekeeper in Bougainville and East Timor.
Leaving the Air Force, David joined Cathay Pacific Airways and lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, flying the 747-400 and then Airbus aircraft.
David met his wife, Raewyn, while in the RNZAF and they have been married for 18 years. David and Raewyn have 3 children, Taygen age 13; Nathan age 11; and Chloe age 7. Chloe is disabled and requires full time care.
When not at work David is an avid reader, runner, and DIY attempter. He has had great fun renovating houses, building decks, pizza ovens and recently built a drystone wall.
David’s childhood and employment has given him a large and diverse range of experiences. David’s daughter’s disability has developed in him a level of empathy and concern for those who genuinely, through no fault of their own, need the support of the state and representation beyond the family level.
Having served his country militarily, David now looks forward to serving his electorate, to make Napier, Hawkes Bay, and New Zealand, a place all Kiwis can all be proud of.