Brown elected unopposed to lead new board
The Wanaka Community Board has a new board chairwoman after Rachel Brown was voted in unopposed. At the community board’s inaugural meeting, held on Monday, Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden swore in the board members before calling for nominations for a chair of the board. Brown was nominated be Ella Lawton and was voted in after no other nominations were received. She replaces Lyal Cocks who remains on the board and as deputy mayor. Brown said: ‘‘It’s an honour and a privilege to work with such a dynamic team of talented and determined individuals.’’ After living in the area for the past 19 years she said the values and the people from the area aligned with her own. In that time she has represented community associations and while it was her first time on the board she said the shift to chairwoman was the next step. ‘‘I’ve been working towards this for a while,’’ she said. Mr Cocks nominated member Bryan Lloyd to return as deputy chairman. Mr Lloyd was also elected unopposed. It was possible the board would look into holding evening meetings and move meetings to other towns in the area as part of next year’s schedule in a bid to attract a different demographic of the community to attend. The next community board meeting will be held on November 19.
Team Wanaka: Wanaka Community Board chairwoman Rachel Brown (right) with board member Ross McRobie (left), Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden, members Bryan Lloyd, Calum MacLeod, Ella Lawton, Mike O’Connor and Lyal Cocks.