The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - - Lisa

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.

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