Proud mum at swearing in
Francie Dalton didn’t have to say a word as her daughter Jan Barnes was officially sworn in as the first woman mayor of the Matamata- Piako District last Wednesday.
The smile on her face said it all.
The mayoral chains were handed on to Mrs Barnes by former Matamata- Piako District mayor Hugh Vercoe during formal proceedings at the Te Aroha Council chambers.
Early last week Mrs Barnes also announced her appointments to Deputy Mayor, Committee Chairs and her committee structure for the next three years.
‘‘ In making these appointments I met with all councillors individually and considered a number of matters in reaching my decisions,’’ said Mrs Barnes.
‘‘Our team has a variety of skills and experiences and it was important these were matched with each role ensuring talents were well utilised.’’
The appointments are:
Deputy Mayor James Thomas.
Chair of the Corporate and Operations Committee – Brian Hunter.
Chair of the Hearings Commission – Leonie Tisch.
Chair of the District Licensing Committee – Teena Cornes.
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee – Sir Dryden Spring.
New Deputy Mayor James Thomas is a first-time councillor of the Morrinsville Ward.
Mr Thomas lives in Kereone and is a farm advisor.
‘‘ James’ farming experience, his leadership positions in a number of organis-
– ations, and his farm advisory role were key considerations in making this appointment,’’ Mrs Barnes said.
‘‘ In making the appointment of Brian Hunter as the new chair of the Corporate and Operations Committee I took into account his leadership role as a Matamata Fire Chief for 20 years which gives strong connections to the Te Aroha and Morrinsville Brigades, and his involvement as a businessman of Matamata. I believe these factors make him an ideal choice.’’
Matamata councillor Leonie Tisch has been appointed as the Chair of the Hearings Commission.
Mrs Tisch brings great experience to this role having held the position in the last Council term.
‘‘ This is a very important role in ensuring that consents are well considered, Mrs Tisch proved great in this role previously and I am very pleased she will carry this on.’’
Two new committees of council have also been formed:
Licens- ing Committee is a requirement under new legislation, set up to decide upon all liquor licensing matters.
‘‘I have appointed Te Aroha councillor Teena Cornes to this position; she has great experience in the hospitality industry as well as experience in chairing other community organisations.’’
A new committee, known as the Audit & Risk Committee has been recommended by Audit NZ for all Councils to have for some time.
The purpose of the committee is to make sure Council has appropriate risk management and internal and financial systems.
‘‘ In thinking about Audit NZ’s recommendation I believe in appointing Sir Dryden Spring as Chair he will provide extensive private sector experience to support this role,’’ she said.
control will be formalised at Council meetings over the next couple of weeks. There are many other roles, both formal and informal that I intend to use all the members of the Council team for. I am looking forward to the next three years with considerable enthusiasm.’’
Proud moment: Matamata-Piako District mayor Jan Barnes with her mum Francie Dalton. Mayoral mates: Former Matamata-Piako District mayors Ken Thomas and Hugh Vercoe with newly elected mayor Jan Barnes.