Deputy Mayor Matheson's contact information
Phone: +64 3 548 5653
Mobile: 027 444 9680
Email: Email Councillor Matheson
Born in Huntly, widowed with three adult children, Paul has lived in Nelson for over 24 years. He is a former Mayor of Nelson 1998-2007, has been the deputy mayor since 2013, and a City Councillor for 12 years.
After beginning working life as a marketing assistant for Choysa Tea in Auckland, Paul then moved to Christchurch and worked for an advertising agency for 14 years. Paul married, shifted to the coast for a short period working in insurance and on radio before transferring to Nelson. He worked for Radio Nelson, became the Public Relations Officer for the Nelson Bays area and then managed a large motel in Tahunanui before becoming Mayor in 1998.
Paul has extensive local body knowledge both at a national and local level and for his commitment and local government work was awarded the Ordinary Companion of the Queens Service Order in December 2007. Paul is also a Justice of the Peace. Paul’s role as Deputy Mayor is to support the Mayor and assist all Councillors, especially the first term Councillors, to prepare for and understand local government and their responsibilities.