First moves from council
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.’’