Rehette Stoltz is Gisborne's new mayor

New Mayor Rehette Stoltz is pictured with Meng Foon, who is standing down to become the Race Relations Commissioner. Picture by Paul Rickard

Gisborne district councillors have decided who will briefly take the mayoral reins when Meng Foon resigns later this month.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz was appointed mayor following a unanimous vote at today’s extraordinary meeting of the council.

Due to legal requirements, a new mayor needed to be selected following the appointment of Mr Foon as the Race Relations Commissioner and his subsequent resignation as mayor from August 22.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the council needed to appoint one of its members to fill the office of mayor until the next election on October 12, rather than hold an election for that position, or leave the position unfilled.

The formal ceremony of appointment of the new mayor, which will involve the taking of the mayoral declaration and handing over of the mayoral robes and chains, is on August 22.

The role of deputy mayor will be addressed that day.

Mr Foon and Mrs Stoltz are pictured after the vote.

Gisborne district councillors have decided who will briefly take the mayoral reins when Meng Foon resigns later this month.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz was appointed mayor following a unanimous vote at today’s extraordinary meeting of the council.

Due to legal requirements, a new mayor needed to be selected following the appointment of Mr Foon as the Race Relations Commissioner and his subsequent resignation as mayor from August 22.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the council needed to appoint one of its members to fill the office of mayor until the next election on October 12, rather than hold an election for that position, or leave the position unfilled.

The formal ceremony of appointment of the new mayor, which will involve the taking of the mayoral declaration and handing over of the mayoral robes and chains, is on August 22.

The role of deputy mayor will be addressed that day.

Mr Foon and Mrs Stoltz are pictured after the vote.

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