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.