Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Alan Livingston elected chair of Waikato Regional Council

MEDIA RELEASE

20 October 2016

Alan Livingston elected chair of Waikato Regional Council

Alan Livingston has today been elected chair of Waikato Regional Council.

Cr Livingston – a fomer Waipa mayor and a second term regional councillor – was co-chair of the council-iwi Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee in the last council term.

His election – against his sole opponent Cr Hugh Vercoe – came by a nine to five majority at today’s first meeting of the 2016-2019 council term following the October local body elections.

Both Cr Livingston and Cr Vercoe expressed their respect for each other during their comments before a vote was taken.

Cr Vercoe said the pair had been mates for a long time and “if Alan’s elected we’ll be mates tomorrow”. He was quick to congratulate Cr Livingston with a “well done” and a handshake after the vote.

After being sworn in as chair, Cr Livingston said the fact that Cr Vercoe was being supportive of his election following the vote bode well for an effective council over the next three years.

“It’s up to us all to make it work for our council and the region.”

He said he looked forward to meeting with councillors individually to discuss their interest in roles during the forthcoming term.

Meanwhile, Ngā Hau e Whā constituency councillor Tipa Mahuta was unanimously re-elected as deputy chair.

Cr Livingston said after the meeting that he would be putting a very strong focus on effective teamwork between all councillors.

“I’m committed to working constructively with all councillors on advancing the best interests of our region. We have a talented team around the table – including three other former mayors – and I believe we will be able to work together very effectively.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels