|4 September 2000|
Christchurch To Recommend N.I. Mayor
The Christchurch City Council will recommend that the Mayor of New Plymouth, Claire Stewart, be the next president of Local Government New Zealand.
This comes after the resignation of the president, Louise Rosson, and two vice-presidents in the wake of the controversial chief executive, Carol Stigley, leaving with a $140,000 golden handshake.
The Mayor of Christchurch, Garry Moore, said today that the recommendation would go to the full Council meeting on 28 September backed by the Councils four LGNZ delegates.
"I have spent some time talking to the mayors of Canterbury, several in Auckland, in Hamilton and Northland, and a number of others about the qualities we need for the next president of LGNZ," Mr Moore said.
"We decided that we needed someone who was a mayor, who had served a number of terms, and had proved that they were committed to local government. That person also had to have the understanding of the legislation required to change local government in New Zealand and most importantly be a peacemaker," he said.
When the mayors applied their criteria they fitted Claire Stewart of New Plymouth, Mr Moore said.
"So I am going to recommend to our Council that Claire be president," he said.
Christchurch City Councils four delegates to LGNZ are the Mayor, Crs. David Close, Pat Harrow, and Gail Sheriff.
NB: Other mayors who can be approached for comment include: Bob Harvey (Waitakere), George Wood (North Shore), Pat ODea (Westport), Michael McEvedy (Selwyn), John Chaffey (Hurunui), Noeline Allan (Banks Peninsula), Janice Skurr (Waimakariri), Yvonne Sharp (Northland), Joan Williamson (Taupo), and Russ Rimmington (Hamilton).
Further information: The Mayor of Christchurch, Garry Moore: 025 330 559.