Sad farewell to three of a kind

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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