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


Leadership Change At Ōpōtiki District Council


Ōpōtiki Mayor, Lyn Riesterer, announced today that the Chief Executive, Aileen Lawrie, would be leaving the role in July to take up a new opportunity as Thames-Coromandel District Council Chief Executive.

“On a personal level, I am very pleased for Aileen and her new and exciting opportunity. However, I know we will miss her steady hand at the head of the organisation and want to thank her for the incredible work she has done for the community over the last 12 years,” Mayor Riesterer said.

Ms Lawrie joined Ōpōtiki District Council as the Chief Executive in 2010 and since then has overseen a huge transformation in the district.

Ms Lawrie was instrumental in securing external funding to build the new Harbour entrance which supports the burgeoning aquaculture industry. Council’s work on the harbour project, jointly with Whakatōhea, was the overall winner at last year’ LGNZ EXCELLENCE awards for improving the wellbeing in the district.

Several other key projects have helped prepare the district for economic and population growth including the multi-million-dollar sewer relining project, the building of Te Tāhuhu o Te Rangi, the new skatepark, footpaths, gardens and playgrounds. She has worked closely with iwi partners around the rohe to support their own aspirations in industries and opportunities like spat, housing, development and job creation. She has also shared her expertise nationally, sitting on central government’s steering group for the coming resource management reforms.

“Aileen’s legacy will be felt for many years to come. Ōpōtiki has faced many challenges in recent decades but we have worked hard, particularly over the past ten years, to achieve our vision to bring Ōpōtiki back to prosperity. We are now entering a new phase of opportunity and growth. Council’s role and Aileen’s leadership have been central to this transformation.

“I speak on behalf of the council to express our thanks for her vision, perseverance and service to staff and the community over many years.

“Aileen leaves the organisation in a strong position for the future. Thames-Coromandel District Council is very lucky to have her and I am sure she will bring her excellent leadership skills and tireless advocacy for the community to her new role,” Mayor Riesterer said.

Former Mayor, John Forbes brought Aileen Lawrie into the role of Chief Executive back in 2010.

“Aileen has made a contribution to the long-term future and wellbeing of Ōpōtiki that cannot be overstated. Her shaping of a game-changing vision, coupled with her hard work and attention to detail has turned a dream into reality.

“The many benefits of the harbour entrance and sea farming will take time to be fully realised. Ōpōtiki will benefit from her ability and dedication for many years and I thank her for that.” John Forbes said.

Aileen Lawrie took the opportunity to thank the community, staff and Elected Members for their support.

“I am incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved as an organisation and how Ōpōtiki District Council has positioned itself for the future. Ōpōtiki has entered a new period of growth and opportunity and it is time to reap the benefits of all the strategies and plans over the years.

“Local government as a whole and Ōpōtiki particularly have many challenges on the horizon - changes in three waters, new legislation for climate change and resource management, even the shape of local government itself.

“But the Ōpōtiki community is fortunate to have highly skilled and committed staff at the council who work really hard to get the best outcomes for the district. We have achieved great things and I know there is more to come,” Ms Lawrie said.

Aileen Lawrie finishes with Council in July 2022. The Mayor and councillors will begin the process for recruiting and employing a new Chief Executive over the coming weeks.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fate Of Julian Assange

Has swapping Scott Morrison for Anthony Albanese made any discernible difference to Australia’s relations with the US, China, the Pacific and New Zealand? Not so far. For example: Albanese has asked for more time to “consider” his response to New Zealand’s long running complaints about the so called “501” deportations back to this country. Really? He needs more time to figure out a response? OK, but the clock is ticking.
The Julian Assange situation is a lot more urgent. Assange’s deportation to the United States has now been okayed by the British courts and also - crucially – by its government. At any moment, Assange could be on a plane and headed for a US prison. He is facing the prospect of 175 years in jail...


Parliament: Grounds Fully Reopened

Parliament’s grounds have been fully reopened today at a ceremony and community event with mana whenua, members of the public, and representatives of Parliament... More>>

Chris Hipkins: Statement On Charlotte Bellis

On 31 January I released a statement regarding Charlotte Bellis and her MIQ application. I stated that emergency allocation criteria includes a requirement to travel to New Zealand within the next 14 days... More>>

Government: Prime Minister To Travel To Europe And Australia

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will leave this weekend to travel to Europe and Australia for a range of trade, tourism and foreign policy events... More>>


National: Goodfellow To Retire As Party President
Peter Goodfellow today announced he will not seek re-election as President of the National Party at its Annual Conference. Mr Goodfellow will remain as a director on the board for one final term to assist in the transition... More>>

Police: Parliament Occupation Investigators Seek Public Assistance
Police investigating criminal activity on the final day of the occupation at Parliament grounds earlier this year are appealing for the public’s help to identify 15 people... More>>

World Vision: New Zealand Urged To Meet Quota As New Report Finds Hunger, Violence, And Death Rates Increase For Refugees
World Vision is calling for New Zealand to work harder to meet its refugee quota in the wake of a new report which shows that life has deteriorated significantly in the past two years for refugees in 11 hard-hit countries... More>>




InfoPages News Channels