Brothers keeping it a family affair
It’s one for the history books, as Bryan Cadogan and little brother Tim Cadogan take the reins of mayoralty power in two different districts at the same time.
The pair believed it was the ‘‘first time in the modern era’’ that brothers had been the mayor of different districts simultaneously in New Zealand.
What makes the feat even more interesting is that the districts are both in Otago, side-by-side and both men were first elected at the age of 51.
Bryan, 57, will serve as the Clutha district mayor for a third term after going unopposed in his bid.
Tim was elected Central Otago district mayor for the first time on Saturday.
The brothers celebrated the feat, and Bryan’s 57th birthday, at Tim’s Clyde home with family and friends.
Tim said his brother had been a ‘‘inspiration’’ to him over many years and he looked forward to picking his brain about the role he was stepping into.
‘‘His community focus, his work ethic and his achievements of what a mayor can do have been inspirational,’’ he said.
Bryan said it was important that people knew his brother was elected on ’’his own principles and beliefs’’, and he wished him well.
‘‘I’m especially proud of my brother,’’ Bryan said. ‘‘It’s a great day for the family.’’
Bryan, left, and Tim Cadogan.