Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden (second from left) with members of the new Wanaka Community Board (from left) Ross McRobie, Calum McLeod, chairwoman Rachel Brown, Bryan Lloyd, Ella Lawton, Mike O'Connor and Lyal Cocks, at the board's first meeting of the triennium yesterday. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Wanaka Community Board chairwoman Rachel Brown was elected to
the role unopposed at the board's inaugural meeting
New councillor Ella Lawton nominated Ms Brown for the role,
seconded by fellow council newcomer Calum McLeod.
There were no other nominations.
Previous board chairman Lyal Cocks nominated re-elected
member Bryan Lloyd to return as deputy chairman.
Ross McRobie seconded that motion and Mr Lloyd was re-elected
Ms Brown and Mr McRobie, both first-time board members, had
said last month they wanted the chairman's job.
Asked after the meeting if he was disappointed to have missed
out, Mr McRobie said he was happy with the outcome.
''I think we're very united in our decision ... there was no
requirement for a vote, we were all in favour of Rachel ...
we go forward for the community, we've got a good board and I
think the most important thing is we're a team.''
Ms Brown said she felt privileged to be chosen chairwoman.
''It's such a dynamic team of talented individuals. I always
just really believed in the Wanaka Community Board and was
really supportive of it and it's really exciting to be right
there with it and really driving a team to represent and
advocate for the Wanaka district.''
During the meeting, the board agreed the first ordinary
meeting would be held on November 19, in Wanaka, when further
consideration would be given to the meeting schedule.
Mr Cocks suggested amending the governance agreement between
the board and the council to bring it in line with the Local
He recommended changing the purpose of the agreement from
promoting the ''social, economic, environmental and cultural
wellbeing of the district'', to ''meeting the current and
future needs of communities for good quality local
infrastructure, local public services, and performance of
regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for
households and businesses''.
After discussion, the board agreed to recommend the
amendments be adopted by the council.