Sad farewell to three of a kind
There were tears, handshakes, hugs and applause when Porirua Mayor Jenny Brash and two councillors said farewell at their final meeting last week.
Ms Brash, Taima Fagaloa and Robert Shaw are stepping down from Porirua City Council. Election results for the incoming council are likely to be known this Saturday.
Ms Brash is campaigning for a seat on the Wellington Regional Council and Ms Fagaloa is stand- ing for Wellington City Council.
Ms Brash told Kapi-Mana News prior to her last full council meeting that it was ‘‘close to my 100th’’ meeting sitting in the top chair.
‘‘Right now I’m so busy. There’s just so much I have to do before I clear out of here. I think it will hit me after the election that I won’t be coming back to this place. The last few weeks have been a series of ‘last ones’ and yes, it is really sad. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and what this council and the staff have.’’
She wished everyone
at Wednesday’s meeting the best of luck and said it was a privilege and an honour to serve 12 years as mayor of Porirua and 21 years all up on council.
Ms Fagaloa, who served two terms, promised her father, sitting in the public gallery, that she wouldn’t cry, but the tears flowed regardless.
‘‘ I want to acknowledge the wonderful city Porirua is and it is being nurtured by the passionate people around this table. Thankyou to the [council] staff who have to put up with a lot from us – you don’t hold any grudges, that I know about anyway.’’
She highlighted the leadership of Ms Brash, the passion of Litea Ah Hoi and the wisdom of Ken Douglas.
Mr Shaw, who is stepping down after five years, said he had ‘‘ enjoyed every moment’’ as a councillor.
‘‘I have seen the progress we have made and you could not find a better place to live and be part of a community. I entered Porirua in its second phase, after we became a city and really became estab- lished. We are the right size, it’s possible to know everyone who is doing something.’’
He too paid homage to Ms Brash, saying they were lucky to have her as mayor and lauding her ‘‘ability to relate across the boundaries of the city’’.
He said the council’s land purchases in Porirua East, Colonial Knob and Titahi Bay would be of great importance as Porirua continues to move forward.
‘‘Thank you for the debates and for your companionship.’’ he told his colleagues. ‘‘Good luck.’’