Brown elected unopposed to lead new board

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628593229

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.

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