October 29, 2013
Cr Stephen Woodhead has been elected
chairman of the Otago Regional Council for another
three-year term, while Cr Gretchen Robertson has been
elected as his deputy.
The elections took place at the
inaugural council meeting of the 2013-16 term in Dunedin
Cr Woodhead and Cr Robertson have both been
regional councillors since 2004. Cr Woodhead was re-elected
as a Molyneux constituency representative at the recent
local body re-elections.
Cr Robertson was re-elected as a
Dunedin constituency representative and takes over the
deputy chairmanship from Cr David Shepherd, who did not seek
the role again.
The new council was sworn in today by
chief executive Peter Bodeker, with new Dunstan councillors
Graeme Bell and Gary Kelliher taking their seats in the
council chamber for the first time.
The appointment of
council committee chairmen and deputy chairmen will be
finalised at a council meeting on November
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Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
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