Changes at council table
Out with the old and in with the new. Or so the saying goes. The people of Wanaka (or a little more than half of them) have spoken and elected some new faces to represent them for the next three years. Calum MacLeod was a popular choice polling miles ahead of anyone with a massive 2398 votes. Even he admits he only really campaigned on a single issue but he has had some community board experience so the move to council will not be totally alien territory. As a lecturer in sustainable practice Ella Lawton should be able to chew through the necessary paper work. Rachel Brown is stepping up from the Hawea Community Association to the Wanaka Community Board and if businessman Mike McRobie puts as much energy into being a councillor as he has his campaign, then he will be in effective politician. Add the experience of Lyal Cocks, Bryan Lloyd and Mike O’Connor and the community should be in good hands. However, this group will be not be remembered by their individual actions. To achieve improvements and successes for Wanaka this group will need to follow the advice of former councillor Leigh Overton – ingloriously dropped on the weekend after a total five terms – to work together. Within this group there will be differences in approach and opinion. For the sake of the community they will need to be bigger than the sum of their personalities. They will need to be a team. As the Mirror went to print yesterday Mayor Vanessa van Uden had not publicly announced a decision on who she wished to be her deputy mayor.