Queenstown Lakes District Council deputy mayor Lyal Cocks
has retained the chain of office. Photo by Mark Price.
Incumbent Queenstown Lakes District Council deputy mayor
Lyal Cocks, of Wanaka, has retained the position for a second
Mr Cocks staved off challenges from fellow councillors Cath
Gilmour, of Queenstown, and Calum MacLeod, of Wanaka.
Mayor Vanessa van Uden announced her decision late yesterday
afternoon saying the appointment maintained a ''balance of
representation'' in the district between Queenstown and
Speaking to the Otago Daily Times, Ms van Uden said
she had always been very clear the job would go to the best
person and she considered Mr Cocks had done ''a very good
job'' in the past three years.
''From a continuity point of view and from a district-wide
perspective, it is my experience that Lyal is able to take a
wider view as well as advocating for the local guys.''
Mr Cocks said he found the role ''very satisfying''.
''I enjoy being the back-up for the mayor on ceremonial
occasions, I have a good knowledge of the whole district, I
have built up a good working relationship with all
councillors and I am very keen to continue.''
Ms van Uden recognised that Mr MacLeod was the
highest-polling Wanaka candidate in last Saturday's election.
''That is part of the consideration but for me it was about
the best person for the job.''
She said Mr MacLeod would be given opportunities to ''develop
and get to know the ropes''.
Asked if it counted against Ms Gilmour that she was from
Queenstown, Ms van Uden said: ''To a certain degree.
''I do think it is a good thing that if you have got a good
candidate in Wanaka that means you have sort of got that
balance across the district.''
Ms Gilmour said she was disappointed but Mr Cocks had been
''an excellent deputy mayor'' in the past term.
''Politically it had to be a Wanaka person, so that's the way
Mr MacLeod could not be contacted for comment last night.