Meet the new deputy

South Taranaki Star - - YOUR RACE, YOUR PACE - CATHER­INE GROENESTEIN

Dis­trict mayor Ross Dun­lop has ap­pointed Phil Nixon, Tan­ga­hoe Ward coun­cil­lor and chair­man of Haw­era HIgh School’s board of trus­tees, as his sec­ond-in­com­mand.

The new coun­cil, in­clud­ing four newly elected coun­cil­lors, St­effy McKay, Jack Rangi­wahia, Gary Brown and Clem Cox­head, were sworn in at a cer­e­mony in Haw­era on Wed­nes­day.

Dun­lop said he had cho­sen Nixon in con­sul­ta­tion with the rest of the coun­cil.

‘‘I asked ev­ery coun­cil­lor who they thought should be the deputy mayor and I got a pretty strong sig­nal from that. Phil is a sec­ondterm coun­cil­lor with a long his­tory of gov­er­nance roles, and he’s a Jus­tice of the Peace. and has been in­volved in a lot of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.’’

Dun­lop said the new coun­cil would carry on with the var­i­ous projects be­gun by the last one, in­clud­ing the re­vamp of the Haw­era town cen­tre and de­vel­op­ing a net­work of cy­cle­ways and walk­ways in the dis­trict.

Nixon said he had been a lit­tle sur­prised with his new role but was look­ing for­ward to it.

‘‘I’ve al­ways en­joyed chal­lenges and this is go­ing to be one. There’s some very good things hap­pen­ing with our coun­cil and we re­ally have work to do.’’

The up­grade of the town cen­tre was a project he was im­pa­tient to see progress.

He said he was grate­ful for the work of pre­vi­ous coun­cils in spend­ing money where needed on less pop­u­lar projects such as up­grad­ing wa­ter sup­plies.

‘‘I've al­ways en­joyed chal­lenges.’’ Phil Nixon

South Taranaki Dis­trict Mayor Ross Dun­lop and his new deputy mayor Phil NIxon.

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