On with the job

Mayor keen to get on with a long list of projects.

Mayor keen to get on with a long list of projects.

Ying and Meng Foon after the counting. The Mayor says he is now eager to get on with a long list of projects. Pictures by Liam Clayton.
SIXTH TERM: Mayor Meng Foon surrounded by supporters and well-wishers as the vote came in on Saturday afternoon. Mr Foon is holding Kuraunuhia Mahuika, the granddaughter of the late Api Mahuika, a long-time supporter of Mr Foon. Picture by Liam Clayton

JUST returned with a healthy majority for his sixth term. Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he was relieved and now eager to get on with a long list of projects.

Mr Foon admitted he had been anxious during this campaign which was different to others in the past and also defended the controversial decision to demolish the council's administration building.

The demolition of the building was an issue.

“But at the end of the day I can say that I have made the right decision, it was dangerous. We need a safe building for our community and our staff and I was quite relaxed at the decision we made."

Being in property development himself the amount of money that would be saved was important so future generations or the next council were not lumbered with debt.

“It is still in front of us,” he said. “It has not been built yet.”

Anxious

Mr Foon said he was always anxious during elections and thanked his team with particular mention of his wife Ying who had given him great support.

"We are really humbled by the support the community has given us,” he said Different character to election

This election had been different to those in the past with different characters involved. He mentioned Tony Robinson and his way of questioning decisions.

"Yes it was different but that is politics. We can only a

cknowledge that is how it is and we can only put our best foot forward. It is not just me and I want to acknowledge people from all parts of our district."

He said the council was making good use of its subsidiary GHL. Bob Proudfoot and his team were professionals and there were good directors and staff who knew what they were doing.

The Mayor also thanked all the other candidates who had stood. It was not easy to stand for Mayor or the the council.

“I believe I have two new councillors, Karen Fenn and Shannon Dowsing, well done to both of them.

Acknowledged contribution

He also acknowledged the contribution sitting councillor Alan Davidson had made. He had been around for 18 years but was relaxed at this election.

The new Patutahi-Taruheru councillor Malcolm MacLean would bring a new perspective to the council.

"Obviously the community likes the programmes we continue to present to them. We will do our best to achieve those results for them."

He said there were a number of current projects, such as the library extensions, the Waiapu management plan, the Waipaoa River Control scheme, the upgrade of the CBD, the navigation project and bikes in schools.

One that he is very keen on is Bright Street to Campion College cycleway along the river where the council owned about 70 to 80 percent of the land.

Then there was he regeneration of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), being made ready for the 2019 Te Ha celebrations.

“We have just got a fantastic community and there are many leaders in our community, not just me," he said.

JUST returned with a healthy majority for his sixth term. Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon said he was relieved and now eager to get on with a long list of projects.

Mr Foon admitted he had been anxious during this campaign which was different to others in the past and also defended the controversial decision to demolish the council's administration building.

The demolition of the building was an issue.

“But at the end of the day I can say that I have made the right decision, it was dangerous. We need a safe building for our community and our staff and I was quite relaxed at the decision we made."

Being in property development himself the amount of money that would be saved was important so future generations or the next council were not lumbered with debt.

“It is still in front of us,” he said. “It has not been built yet.”

Anxious

Mr Foon said he was always anxious during elections and thanked his team with particular mention of his wife Ying who had given him great support.

"We are really humbled by the support the community has given us,” he said Different character to election

This election had been different to those in the past with different characters involved. He mentioned Tony Robinson and his way of questioning decisions.

"Yes it was different but that is politics. We can only a

cknowledge that is how it is and we can only put our best foot forward. It is not just me and I want to acknowledge people from all parts of our district."

He said the council was making good use of its subsidiary GHL. Bob Proudfoot and his team were professionals and there were good directors and staff who knew what they were doing.

The Mayor also thanked all the other candidates who had stood. It was not easy to stand for Mayor or the the council.

“I believe I have two new councillors, Karen Fenn and Shannon Dowsing, well done to both of them.

Acknowledged contribution

He also acknowledged the contribution sitting councillor Alan Davidson had made. He had been around for 18 years but was relaxed at this election.

The new Patutahi-Taruheru councillor Malcolm MacLean would bring a new perspective to the council.

"Obviously the community likes the programmes we continue to present to them. We will do our best to achieve those results for them."

He said there were a number of current projects, such as the library extensions, the Waiapu management plan, the Waipaoa River Control scheme, the upgrade of the CBD, the navigation project and bikes in schools.

One that he is very keen on is Bright Street to Campion College cycleway along the river where the council owned about 70 to 80 percent of the land.

Then there was he regeneration of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), being made ready for the 2019 Te Ha celebrations.

“We have just got a fantastic community and there are many leaders in our community, not just me," he said.

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