Proud mum at swear­ing in

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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:

The Dis­trict

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.

‘‘Th­ese ap­point­ments

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.’’

Pho­tos: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

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.

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