Sin­clair re-elected

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By MATHEW GROCOTT

‘‘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.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

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.

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