Lord Mayor ti­tle could be dropped

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The Lord Mayor ti­tle pro­posed by the in­de­pen­dent panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment in the Welling­ton re­gion would likely be dropped in any pro­posal for change go­ing to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said that an in­for­mal dis­cus­sion be­tween his coun­cil and Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil has in­di­cated the ti­tle would go.

‘‘I think most Ki­wis baulk at the ‘Lord’ busi­ness. I can see what the panel was try­ing to do, which was cre­ate a sin­gle lead­er­ship po­si­tion to drive progress and be one voice for the Welling­ton re­gion.

‘‘I agree that’s es­sen­tial if we are to have change. I just think we need a ti­tle that rep­re­sents the fu­ture, not our colo­nial past.’’ Mr Leggett said most peo­ple who had spo­ken to him liked what the panel pro­posed, but that the ti­tle of Lord Mayor had dom­i­nated the de­bate far too much.

‘‘We shouldn’t be ob­sess­ing about ti­tles, we should be look­ing at the func­tions of the role. Drop­ping the ti­tle will al­low dis­cus­sion to move on and fo­cus on those parts of the de­bate that are im­por­tant.’’

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