The two decades of service given to Dunedin by former city
councillors Paul Hudson and Teresa Stevenson has been
formally recognised, thanks given and tributes made by
The councillors were the only sitting members of the council,
who ran and were not re-elected in the local body elections.
Their service was formally recognised by Mayor Dave Cull at
yesterday's inaugural council meeting of the 2013-16
Mr Hudson's 24 years on the council were marked by a long
involvement with council companies and community development,
Mr Cull said.
Cr Andrew Noone said Mr Hudson had put a massive effort into
the city and service.
His wider family had a long affiliation with the city in
business and public service, and he was sure they would have
been very proud of Mr Hudson's contribution across all levels
of the council organisation and within the Port Chalmers
Cr John Bezett said Mr Hudson was instrumental in forming the
council companies and in directing the community development
committee, although there were several projects, mainly the
redevelopment of Logan Park, that he was sure Mr Hudson would
have been sad not to have seen through.
Mr Hudson had suffered a ''very serious'' accident and injury
in the last 18 months of his term: ''He struggled quite
bravely in the last year or so.''
''He has served the city well over the years and I wish him
Twenty-one year council veteran Teresa Stevenson had always
displayed a strong concern for the less advantaged in the
community, which, together with creating jobs, had been an
unwavering focus throughout her service, Mr Cull said.
She had put an ''enormous'' amount of effort in over the
years, Cr Jinty MacTavish said in tribute to her former
''Everything she did came from her heart. Every time she
spoke, you got a feeling for what she was passionate about.''
She had no doubt Ms Stevenson would continue to find ways to
contribute to the city's ongoing development outside the
Cr Kate Wilson said Ms Stevenson always found a positive way
to fight for what she was passionate about, which was one
lesson councillors could take from her style as a politician,
while Cr Chris Staynes said there would not be a community
organisation in Dunedin that Ms Stevenson had not tried to
Cr Lee Vandervis acknowledged her instrumental role in
setting up the iD Fashion show, and that she undertaken a
planning degree while on council to gain a better
understanding of that area.
Cr Richard Thomson praised her effort to stick by the issues
she believed in, especially in the council environment she
would have encountered when first elected, which he said
would have had a less diverse range of people on it than the
last, or present council.
''I think it took considerable courage for her to hold the
position she did, and I certainly congratulate her for