Don­ald­son named re­gional deputy

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Aotea’s Bar­bara Don­ald­son was named deputy chair­woman of Wellington Re­gional Coun­cil at the coun­cil meet­ing at the Whare­waka last Wed­nes­day.

As ex­pected, Hutt coun­cil­lor Prue La­ma­son nom­i­nated the Porirua-Tawa rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and she was elected unopposed.

Fran Wilde was re- elected as coun­cil chair­woman. Jenny Brash nom­i­nated Ms Wilde and Nigel Wil­son sec­onded.

Wairarapa rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary McPhee nom­i­nated Paul Swain to op­pose Ms Wilde, but Mr Swain de­clined to stand.

Ms Wilde ac­knowl­edged the sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence of in­com­ing coun­cil­lors Sue Ked­g­ley, for­merly a Wellington City coun­cil­lor, and Ken La­ban, a for­mer Hutt City coun­cil­lor.

Mr La­ban was the coun­cil’s first Pasi­fika rep­re­sen­ta­tive, she said.

The coun­cil­lors were for­mally sworn in two-by-two, and Mr La­ban was paired with an old hand, Chris Laid­law.

‘‘It’s the clos­est I can get to a de­gree – get­ting my photo with a Rhodes scholar,’’ Mr La­ban quipped, be­fore chant­ing the oath in a rap style, leav­ing Mr Laid­law strug­gling to hip-hop along with him.

Their per­for­mance was well re­ceived by a large La­ban whanau group in the au­di­ence.

Ju­dith Aitken noted that women made up most of the coun­cil.

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