‘‘I’m glad, I’m pleased and proud to be back to lead.’’
That was Neil Sinclair’s reaction to being asked how it felt to be elected to a third term as South Waikato District mayor.
‘‘I ran, I believe, a positive campaign on what we have done and how we can move forward,’’ he said.
Mr Sinclair received 3833 votes in election results announced on Saturday, 2703 more than his nearest rival.
The following day he was back at work and on Monday he arrived at his office to find staff had decorated it with balloons, streamers and a banner that read ‘‘ Congratulations’’. Mr Sinclair said he was pleased to have his ‘‘leadership team’’ of councillors Jenny Shattock and Herman Van Rooijen re-elected.
The pair each chaired committees in the last term and Mr Sinclair said he would be nominating Mrs Shattock as his deputy mayor.
Mr Sinclair wished to pay tribute to the work of retiring councillors Shane McMahon and Eileen Barker and to Wendy Cook and Frances Campbell who missed out on re-election.
‘‘But the people have spoken,’’ he said. ‘‘I welcome on board the four new councillors.’’
Mr Sinclair was meeting with the new councillors this week. He and the council will be sworn in at a meeting at 7pm on October 21 at the council chambers.
‘‘I’m looking forward to a great three years,’’ Mr Sinclair said.
Focuses for Mr Sinclair are health services, growing tourism opportunities, encouraging economic growth and creating jobs.
In his speech at Saturday night’s Putaruru business awards Mr Sinclair said he expected several hundred jobs to be created in the district this council term.
Also speaking on Saturday night was Taupo MP Louise Upston who congratulated Mr Sinclair on his re-election.
‘‘I think if there’s anyone in your district who is a champion for local businesses it’s your mayor.’’
Mrs Upston called Mr Sinclair’s re-election ‘‘fantastic’’.
The four new councillors are Warren Lee, Adrienne Bell, Barrie Herlihy and Alan Blair.
In the South Waikato-Rotorua constituency of Environment Waikato Norm Barker was re-elected to a second term by a slim margin.
TOKOROA TALENT: Monique Williams races in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on her way to sixth place at the Commonwealth Games. The 25 year old clocked a time of 23.71 seconds in Monday night’s final, which was delayed 24 hours due to protests from another athlete. Williams recorded the third fastest time in the heats and was the sixth fastest qualifier for the final.
Read more on William’s Commonwealth Games experience on page seven.