Council comittee chair positions will go to vote

Keen interest in some chair positions and each candidate will complete presentation on the role.

Keen interest in some chair positions and each candidate will complete presentation on the role.

THE chairmanship of two Gisborne District Council committees will probably be decided by vote at tomorrow’s meeting after potential candidates have made a presentation to the full council.

Two councillors have indicated an interest in chairing the community development and services committee, the chairman for the last term Andy Cranston and Larry Foster who finished second of the nine successful Gisborne ward candidates at the elections this month.

Mr Foster is also one of two councillors interested in chairing the regional transport committee along with Meredith Akuhata-Brown. The previous chairman, Roger Haisman, did not seek re-election.

The sitting chair of environmental planning and regulation Pat Seymour, finance and audit Brian Wilson and wastewater management Bill Burdett are the only ones recorded as showing an interest in chairing those committees.

Nine councillors have declared an interest in sitting on the community services and development committee which has a membership of six.

Keen interest

Mr Foon says as there is a keen interest in some of the committee chair positions each of the interested candidates will complete a three minute presentation which will be followed by voting.

He said he had chosen the voting system of choosing the chairs of committee as opposed to appointment process.
I suggest we vote on each committee separately.”

“I hope that you will understand that choosing councillors for chairs of committees is not an easy task for me as many of you want to contribute positively and lead positively,” Mr Foon has told the council.

The mayor said he will be retaining the trustee role on the Eastland Community Trust as per the trust deed.

The council will have to appoint a councillor with full voting rights on Tairawhiti Roads. It will also have to select a non-elected member of the performance, audit and review committee and community representatives on the regional transport committee.

Governance of the hearings committee will be the responsibility of the environmental planning and regulation committee chair and committee.

Review of committee structure

In a separate item later in the meeting the council will review the committee structure for the present term.

Four options have been provided by planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher Swann that range from the status quo to a fundamental reshape.

She is recommending that a local leadership body be included as part of the committee structure in the 2017 local governance statement. (The establishment of the committee was recommended in the Waitangi Tribunal decision on the Turanga claim.)

Also on the council agenda tomorrow will be a decision on a request from the Eastland Community Trust for a remuneration increase. This was deferred at the council meeting in September.

The council will also be asked to appoint a consultant for the chief executive recruitment process.

THE chairmanship of two Gisborne District Council committees will probably be decided by vote at tomorrow’s meeting after potential candidates have made a presentation to the full council.

Two councillors have indicated an interest in chairing the community development and services committee, the chairman for the last term Andy Cranston and Larry Foster who finished second of the nine successful Gisborne ward candidates at the elections this month.

Mr Foster is also one of two councillors interested in chairing the regional transport committee along with Meredith Akuhata-Brown. The previous chairman, Roger Haisman, did not seek re-election.

The sitting chair of environmental planning and regulation Pat Seymour, finance and audit Brian Wilson and wastewater management Bill Burdett are the only ones recorded as showing an interest in chairing those committees.

Nine councillors have declared an interest in sitting on the community services and development committee which has a membership of six.

Keen interest

Mr Foon says as there is a keen interest in some of the committee chair positions each of the interested candidates will complete a three minute presentation which will be followed by voting.

He said he had chosen the voting system of choosing the chairs of committee as opposed to appointment process.
I suggest we vote on each committee separately.”

“I hope that you will understand that choosing councillors for chairs of committees is not an easy task for me as many of you want to contribute positively and lead positively,” Mr Foon has told the council.

The mayor said he will be retaining the trustee role on the Eastland Community Trust as per the trust deed.

The council will have to appoint a councillor with full voting rights on Tairawhiti Roads. It will also have to select a non-elected member of the performance, audit and review committee and community representatives on the regional transport committee.

Governance of the hearings committee will be the responsibility of the environmental planning and regulation committee chair and committee.

Review of committee structure

In a separate item later in the meeting the council will review the committee structure for the present term.

Four options have been provided by planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher Swann that range from the status quo to a fundamental reshape.

She is recommending that a local leadership body be included as part of the committee structure in the 2017 local governance statement. (The establishment of the committee was recommended in the Waitangi Tribunal decision on the Turanga claim.)

Also on the council agenda tomorrow will be a decision on a request from the Eastland Community Trust for a remuneration increase. This was deferred at the council meeting in September.

The council will also be asked to appoint a consultant for the chief executive recruitment process.

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