New council in and under way
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.