QT mayor treated to gifts, cheer

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

There was no tears, no hugs, no high-fives, but Queen­stown Lakes District coun­cil­lors sit­ting at the penul­ti­mate meet­ing be­fore Satur­day’s elec­tion did make some im­por­tant de­ci­sions - fol­low­ing gifts from a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

In a lighter mo­ment dur­ing the pub­lic fo­rum on Thurs­day, reg­u­lar at­tendee Evan Jenk­ins - after com­ple­ment­ing the coun­cil on ‘‘the bikini beach wil­lows [hav­ing had] a Brazil­ian’’ - pre­sented out­go­ing mayor Vanessa van Uden with choco­lates.

Jenk­ins said it was in recog­ni­tion of her be­ing ‘‘un­elected’’. Van Uden thanked him for be­ing a ‘‘rare and unique’’ pres­ence at meet­ings.

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