Waitaki District Mayor Alex Familton has paid tribute to one
of the district's political pioneers who died at the weekend.
Reginald Denny, who was mayor of Oamaru from 1977 to 1989
and, subsequently, following the merger of the Oamaru Borough
Council with the Waihemo and Waitaki County Councils, mayor
of the Waitaki district from 1989 to 1992, died on Saturday,
at the age of 85. Mr Familton yesterday conveyed his
''deepest sympathy'' to Mr Denny's family on behalf of the
Waitaki community, and praised Mr Denny's public service.
''Reg was an energetic and considerate and decisive person
who contributed over a long period of time to the positive
development of Oamaru and Waitaki,'' Mr Familton said.