ORC loss, Wellington gain

Sarah Gardner
Sarah Gardner
The outgoing chief executive of Otago’s regional council is returning to Wellington to lead the development of its transport network.

Otago Regional Council chief executive Sarah Gardner resigned on May 11, and will leave the role on May 18.

She will begin her new role as programme director for Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM), which is a partnership between Wellington City, the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Trasnport Agency and mana whenua.

It has a multibillion-dollar budget and an aim of developing the capital’s transport infrastructure.

LGWM independent board chairman Dave Brash said Mrs Gardner was born in Wellington and later raised her family there.

"We’re fortunate to have such a high-calibre professional joining the programme at this critical time," Mr Brash said.

Mrs Gardner said she was "thrilled" by the appointment.

"This is one of the biggest and boldest programmes of work currently undertaken in Aotearoa."



Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter