Donaldson named regional deputy
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.