Wanaka councillor Lyal Cocks will continue as deputy
mayor of the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Mayor Vanessa van Uden said this afternoon she had carefully
considered the three candidates who had expressed a wish to
be considered for the role.
"In a large district like ours, it's important to have a
balance of representation between the mayor and the deputy
mayor, and Lyal Cocks represents the Wanaka and Upper Clutha
community very well.
"The role of deputy mayor also requires a district-wide
perspective and my experience is that Lyal is able to take
the wider view as well as advocating for his local
"The working relationship between the mayor and deputy mayor
is very important, and experience plus understanding of local
issues are also significant factors. Taking all of these
considerations into account, I have appointed Lyal as my
Cr Cocks has been a councillor since 2007 and deputy mayor
since 2010. He is also the immediate past chairman of the
Wanaka Community Board.
Three councillors elected on Saturday had said publicly they
wanted the job - Cath Gilmour, of Queenstown; Mr Cocks; and
the highest-polling Wanaka councillor, Calum MacLeod.