From Your Mayor

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

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

Tracey Col­lis

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