Waitaki has lost the services of a potentially
''outstanding'' community leader, after Duntroon dairy farmer
Geoff Keeling decided to quit local politics.
After representing the Corriedale ward on the Waitaki
District Council since he was elected in 2010, Mr Keeling
yesterday resigned from the council with ''immediate
He said his resignation was due to family reasons - he had
carefully considered the responsibilities of his role as a
councillor alongside his work and family commitments before
making his decision.
''I have not taken this decision lightly. Unfortunately,
circumstances preclude me continuing my involvement with the
organisation. I regret having to make this decision and
apologise for any inconvenience it creates, but with what I
can see ahead with my work and family commitments, I really
have no choice.''
Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton said Mr Keeling had made ''major
contributions'' as the council representative on the Lower
Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee and the Youth
''We hope he returns when his active schedule allows. His
potential as a community leader is outstanding.''
At its next meeting on February 26, the council would discuss
how to proceed without Mr Keeling, Mr Familton said.
With less than 12 months until the next local body elections,
the council may continue without filling the vacancy left by
Mr Keeling. It could also choose to appoint a member, as
outlined in the Local Electoral Act 2001.