The Vincent Community Board's youngest member, Mel Bell
(29), shed a few tears as she announced her resignation
Miss Bell is serving her first term and told the board at
yesterday's meeting she was moving to Christchurch later this
year so decided, ''with heavy heart'', to resign. It was a
difficult decision but she could not fulfil the role
properly, she said.
She topped the poll at last year's board election and chalked
up a milestone as the fourth generation of her family to
become a local body politician. Her father Graeme stepped
down as a board member and Central Otago district councillor
at the election after 21 years on those organisations. He was
elected on to the Otago Regional Council.
Miss Bell, who works as a valuer in Central Otago, said her
shift to Christchurch was for ''a combination of personal
Yesterday's meeting was her last and board chairwoman Clair
Higginson said she was sorry to see her go and the ideal
replacement would be a clone of Miss Bell.
Board member Stu Millis said he knew she would return one day
''... and maybe run for mayor''.
A by-election will be held to fill the vacant seat.