The rector of one of New Zealand's oldest boys' secondary
schools plans to retire if he wins a seat in the coming Otago
Regional Council elections.
Otago Boys' High School rector Clive Rennie said yesterday he
had been contemplating retirement for a while, and had been
looking at leaving some time next year.
However, the exact timing would depend on whether he was
elected to the ORC in October, he said.
''I think, very obviously, you couldn't hold both positions.
''At this point, I haven't committed to anything.
''If I get the role, it will help clear my thinking about
what happens in the future.''
Mr Rennie, a former pupil at the school, had been rector
Mr Rennie believed he had something to contribute and was
keen to continue serving his community.
He was excited about the possibility of a change in career,
but believed if he was successful, it would not be a radical
''It will be similar to what I've already been doing - making
decisions around resources and people. I would like to
continue doing that.''
Chasing the six seats in the Dunedin constituency are Mr
Rennie, business mentor Austen Banks, University of Otago
scientist Marc Shellenberg, mental health consultant Graham
Roper and the the six incumbent councillors, Louise Croot,
Michael Deaker, Trevor Kempton, Sam Neill, Gretchen Robertson
and Bryan Scott.