FROM THE EDITOR
Now all the local government elections are done and the senior councillor positions have been chosen, we can get on with seeing what the new, decidedly more youthful Palmerston North City Council is going to do.
Tangi Utikere is an excellent choice to take on the role of deputy mayor.
He was mayor Grant Smith’s closest contender in the 2015 mayoral by-election and is clearly someone the community wants to see as a strong leader on our council.
Although highest-polling councillor Lew Findlay lost chairmanship of the community development committee, something he has been passionate about for many years, I think it’s a good opportunity for his replacement, youngest city councillor Aleisha Rutherford, to show what a young woman can do in such a role.
It is also a chance to boost the portfolio with insight from a different age perspective.