Mayor ‘avail­able’ to com­mu­nity


New Cen­tral Otago mayor Tim Cado­gan plans to make the may­oralty a full-time job, giv­ing up all but 5 per cent of his work as a lawyer.

He was ‘‘ab­so­lutely hum­bled’’ to have been been elected.

‘‘I feel re­ally priv­i­leged and hon­oured that so many peo­ple have put faith in me,’’ Cado­gan said on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

‘‘I think there’s go­ing to be a bit of a set­tling-in process ... [but] I’m go­ing to work to­wards the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s my in­ten­tion to make the elected mem­bers more cus­tomer fo­cused.’’

He would give up prac­tis­ing crim­i­nal law in Queen­stown to be mayor, but said he would do enough to ‘‘keep my [law] ticket’’ up to date.

Cado­gan, 51, would also with­draw from his po­si­tions on the Cen­tral Lakes Trust and the Dis­putes Tri­bunal.

‘‘The mayor’s job is a full time job,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m go­ing to be out in the com­mu­nity all of the time ... be­ing avail­able.’’

He paid trib­ute to wife Linda who had been a ‘‘brick of sup­port’’ through­out his cam­paign and also to fel­low can­di­dates Tony Lep­per and Martin McPher­son.

‘‘I think ev­ery­body ran a very hon­ourable race. Both the other can­di­dates have done a great amount of work in the re­gion,’’ he said.

Cado­gan had re­ceived 5047 votes to run­ner-up Lep­per’s 2521 by Satur­day. Blos­som Fes­ti­val boss McPher­son was third with 986 votes.

The Cromwell (Shirley Calvert, Neil Gille­spie, and Nigel McKin­lay), Earn­scle­ughManuherikia (Vic­to­ria Bon­ham and Mal­colm To­pliss), Man­iototo (Stu­art Dun­can) and Te­viot Val­ley (Stephen Jef­fery) ward’s coun- cil can­di­dates were un­con­tested in their bids for spots.

Robin Dicey, Anna Har­ri­son, Mur­ray Werner and Annabel Blaikie were elected to the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board in a close race, while Ray­mond Gunn, Sally Fein­er­man, John Pritchard and Cliff Parker took spots on the Te­viot Val­ley Com­mu­nity Board in another tight one.

The Vin­cent Com­mu­nity Board (Alexan­dra ward) rep­re­sen­ta­tives are Brian Fitzgerald, Claire Goudie and Sharleen Stir­ling-Lind­say, while the Earn­scle­ugh-Manuherikia ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the board are Rus­sell Gar­butt and James Arm­strong.

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