From Your Mayor
Tena kotou katoa sgreetings to you all
At the end of last month, we received the resignation of Councillor Ernie Christison, who stepped down for personal reasons.
It was a decision I know Ernie thought long and hard about and had nothing to do with his ability to be a voice for the community.
Ernie was well-liked and contributed to many decisions in his time on council.
Any person who stands for council puts themselves in the public eye and put in many more hours than is visibly seen publicly, such as reading material, attending meetings and having contact with residents.
As this resignation came within 12 months of the next election, a paper will come to council outlining the process going forward.
It is the remaining councillors decision whether to appoint or continue without a replacement.
Tararua District Council took part in a process to benchmark itself and gain valuable feedback through Local Government New Zealandos CouncilMARK.
Independent Assessors reported on key performance areas, giving insights into the strengths and weaknesses of both governance and management.
I was so pleased that despite the assessors recognising a relatively new council and new Mayor, we were seen as strong, united and connected to our communities.
Over the next few weeks, Ioll share each section of the report so we can gain full value from it.
We have to improve the areas identified and work towards better outcomes for the Tararua District.
The full report is available on the council website and we look forward to engaging with you.
Noho ora mai s all the best