Farewell to mayor of 15 years
You could say that District Mayor Hugh Vercoe got involved with local body politics by accident.
Fed up with a few things that were getting stalled, or not done at all in his home town, Mr Vercoe was told the only way he was going to have a voice was by becoming a community board member. ‘‘I really just wanted to make a difference,’’ he said. A stint as chairperson of the Morrinsville Community Board eventually led to a decision to run for the Matamata-Piako District Council and a 15 year run as district mayor.
Mr Vercoe’s contribution to the district and that of his partner Jill Barnes, were acknowledged last week at a gathering at Longlands.
A number of people paid special tribute to Mr Vercoe including former district mayor Ken Thomas, deputy mayor Jan Barnes, South Waikato Mayor Neil Sinclair and Waikato Regional Council chairman Peter Buckley.
Mr Vercoe was presented with some unique gifts handcrafted by Matamata-Piako councillor and former deputy mayor Bob McGrail.
As for the future, Mr Vercoe is now vying for a seat on the regional council.
Contribution appreciated: District Mayor Hugh Vercoe and Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes.