The Saddle Hill Community Board is looking for a new
leader after three-term chairman Keith McFadyen ruled out
seeking another stint at the top of the table yesterday.
Mr McFadyen confirmed his decision not to seek a fourth term
as chairman, while stressing he would remain an active board
member after being re-elected earlier this month.
He told the Otago Daily Times he had decided not to
seek the extra workload that came with the chairman's role,
due to ''a number of factors''.
That included the illness of his brother, the birth of his
first grandchild at the weekend, and the likelihood of
increased work in his role as a union organiser for the
Public Service Association (PSA).
He did not know who on the board would replace him, but said
the roles of chairman and deputy chairman would be announced
at the board's inaugural meeting on October 31.
Mr McFadyen said he expected a ''reasonably heavy'' workload
for the PSA in the lead-up to next year's general election,
but still felt capable of contributing as a community board
He also hoped to contribute to
''trying to get this Government out of power'', he said.
''Otago has seen the loss of many jobs and businesses, which
are as a result of this Government's policies, and decisions
which also impact on many residents and their families. My
political work over the next 12 months is going to be
reasonably heavy in terms of trying to get this Government
out of power.''
He said he had been ''really lucky'' to have the support of
the PSA, which allowed him to contribute to the community
through his chairman's role.
''I don't think people realise the amount of work that is
involved in doing the work ... My employer, the PSA, have
been absolutely fantastic and supportive of the time I do
commit to doing the job.''
While celebrating the arrival of his grandson, he was also
dealing with a brother who was not ''very well'' and, in both
cases, family had to come first, he said.
''I'm sort of trying to balance up the euphoria of that with
the sadness of treating a family member with an illness.''