Pukekohe Mayor in the Chair postponed
2 October 2013
Pukekohe Mayor in the Chair
Len Brown’s scheduled Mayor in the Chair
event in Pukekohe on Friday has been postponed.
overwhelming public demand, Auckland will be hosting a
welcome home event for Emirates Team New Zealand on Friday
and as Auckland’s leader, the Mayor will be there to
formally pass on a message of thanks and support on behalf
The Mayor regrets the diary clash and,
conditional upon the outcome of the local body election,
hopes to reschedule the Pukekohe Mayor in the Chair for
later in October.
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