New coun­cil in and un­der way

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

The strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween South Waikato District Coun­cil and Raukawa was high­lighted at the new coun­cil’s first meet­ing.

Raukawa kau­matua opened and closed the meet­ing with karakia and 10 Raukawa trustees were present.

In his first ad­dress in front of the new coun­cil Mayor Neil Sin­clair spoke of the pride he felt when he was de­scribed to govern­ment min­is­ters as ‘‘ our mayor’’ by Raukawa Set­tle­ment Trust chair­man Chris McKenzie.

Mr Sin­clair said he was hum­bled and proud to be lead­ing the coun­cil for a third term.

In front of a packed cham­ber the new coun­cil and Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board were sworn in.

Jenny Shat­tock was re­in­stated as deputy mayor af­ter her nom­i­na­tion by Mr Sin­clair.

Nora Martel­letti will again chair the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board. War­ren Lee, elected to coun­cil from the Ti­rau ward was ap­pointed to the board.

Seat­ing ar­range­ments in the cham­ber have an ex­pe­ri­enced councillor on ei­ther side of each of the four new coun­cil­lors.

Mr Sin­clair spoke of his ex­pec­ta­tions for the new term. He said while coun­cil­lors con­tested the elec­tion un­der wards they were now coun­cil­lors for the South Waikato District.

Coun­cil­lors held a gov­er­nance role and he ex­plained the dif­fer­ence be­tween that and man­age­ment.

The coun­cil­lors were given a brief­ing on leg­is­la­tion rel­e­vant to lo­cal govern­ment by coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall.

The first meet­ing will be at 10am to­mor­row.

The first Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing is on Tues­day evening.

HUM­BLED: Neil Sin­clair was sworn in for a third term as South Waikato District mayor on Thurs­day evening.

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