Waitakere City: Special Welcome For New CEO
Special Welcome For New CEO
The Waitakere City Council formally welcomed its new chief executive (designate), Vijaya Vaidyanath, this morning with a special and heartfelt powhiri.
After a formal welcome from iwi representatives (including Te Kawerau A Maki,Ngati Whatua, Ngati Manuhiri, Ngati Porou and Ngati Wai), Mayor Bob Harvey welcomed Mrs Vaidyanath saying that she was exceptionally well qualified and well suited for the position of chief executive.
“I can say that as a candidate for this position you truly won us over – now it’s our job to win you over,” Mayor Harvey said.
Mrs Vaidyanath was humbled by the occasion. “It is with some sadness that I leave Rodney. But I look to an exciting future with Waitakere. Waitakere has been at the forefront of sustainability issues in this country and we will be striving to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of initiatives in that area,” she says.
Waitakere MP Lynne Pillay also welcomed Mrs Vaidyanath to the city on behalf of the Government and local Labour MPs.
“We all have no doubt at all that with your skills, passion and commitment you will make a wonderful contribution to the continuing success of Waitakere,” Ms Pillay said.
Mrs Vaidyanath comes to Waitakere from her position as chief executive at the Rodney District Council.
She replaces Harry O’Rourke who retires at the end of March.