Marlborough Express

Mayor sworn in, names ‘strategic thinker’ as deputy


chaired by councillor Gerald Hope, with councillor Barbara Faulls as deputy.

‘‘This committee – environmen­t and planning – is a natural fit given the environmen­tal issues facing our region and their direct links to our planning work,’’ Taylor said.

‘‘Councillor Hope was deputy chair of the previous environmen­t committee and has a strong environmen­tal background in his own right.

‘‘He was the obvious councillor for the role,’’ Taylor said.

‘‘Councillor Hope will also chair a new climate change sub-committee which will bring a greater focus to the work council is already doing in this space.’’

Meanwhile, the new economic, finance and community committee would be chaired by councillor Jamie Arbuckle, with councillor Dawson as deputy.

‘‘Part of this committee’s remit is to focus on economic and social recovery in the wake of Covid-19,’’ Taylor said.

‘‘Councillor Arbuckle is one of our most experience­d councillor­s ... and has a breadth of both council and community knowledge.’’

A new Blenheim CBD sub-committee would be establishe­d, chaired by Taylor, which would have the assets and services and economic, finance and community committee chairs and deputies.

Taylor said this new sub-committee would focus on the long-term needs of Blenheim’s CBD.

Eight new councillor­s had joined the chamber this term: two councillor­s in the Marlboroug­h Sounds ward, two in the Wairau-awatere ward, three in the Blenheim ward, and a Ma¯ori ward councillor.

First-time councillor Jonathan Rosene was named deputy chairperso­n of the assets and services committee.

Rosene just made it onto council, leapfroggi­ng Cyril Dawson between the preliminar­y and official results, beating Dawson by 13 votes.

Ma¯ ori ward councillor Allanah Burgess was led with a karakia into the council chambers by Waikawa Marae chairperso­n Rita Powick.

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