First moves from coun­cil

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The new Porirua mayor and city coun­cil will don their glad rags and take their oath of of­fice next Tues­day.

The oath of of­fice cer­e­mony will take place from 7pm in Pataka’s ‘‘spine’’ on Oc­to­ber 26.

The fol­low­ing night, the deputy mayor will be elected, and the new coun­cil will de­cide on re­mu­ner­a­tion and re­view the cur­rent twocom­mit­tee for­mat.

Kapi-Mana News un­der­stands Liz Kelly is the front-run­ner for deputy mayor.

The 13 coun­cil­lors and mayor-elect Nick Leggett have held one work­shop since the elec­tion.

At the week­end, they at­tended a re­treat in Wairarapa to en­gage in team-build­ing and dis­cuss goals and vi­sions for the com­ing tri­en­nium.

The week­end away – which was also held in 2007 – was to cost $15,000.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team and in­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Simp­son also at­tended.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive David Rolfe said the trip was an im­por­tant in­duc­tion for the new coun­cil, and some­where out­side Porirua was cho­sen so ‘‘the dis­trac­tions of home life [can­not] in­ter­fere and in­ter­rupt the con­cen­tra­tion around what the team want to achieve for the next three years’’.

Be­fore mak­ing the trip, Mr Leggett said the re­treats built com­rade­ship and ‘‘ you get a good un­der­stand­ing of where peo­ple are com­ing from’’.

‘‘Given the sig­nif­i­cance of a lot of de­ci­sions that we are mak­ing on be­half of res­i­dents, I think it’s a good in­vest­ment.

‘‘You get to know all the coun­cil­lors plus the man­age­ment team and you can build a strate­gic pic­ture of where we’re go­ing.’’

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