Boards choose leaders

Vincent Community board members (from left)  Brian Fitzgerald,  Russell Garbutt, Claire Goudie,...
Vincent Community board members (from left) Brian Fitzgerald, Russell Garbutt, Claire Goudie, Victoria Bonham, Barrie Wills, Malcolm Topliss and James Armstrong in Alexandra, after their first meeting. Photos: supplied.
The leaders  of two Central Otago community boards have been chosen — a first-timer  in one case and the status quo  in the other.

Vincent Community Board member Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay, of Alexandra, was selected as chairwoman at the board’s first meeting this week.  She was overseas representing New Zealand  on the Neighbourhood Watch Australasia  board, so could not be sworn in.

The first-term board member is the team leader of Alexandra Youth Base and the national chairwoman of Neighbourhood Watch. Before moving to Alexandra, she served two terms on the Rangiora Community Board, the last as chairwoman.

Teviot Valley Community Board members (clockwise from front left) Cliff Parker, Sally Feinerman,...
Teviot Valley Community Board members (clockwise from front left) Cliff Parker, Sally Feinerman, John Pritchard and Raymond Gunn at the first meeting of the term in Roxburgh on Thursday. Board member Stephen Jeffery was absent.

Mrs Stirling-Lindsay replaces Clair Higginson as chairwoman. Ms Higginson, who served three terms as a board member and Central Otago district councillor, did not seek re-election.

Dr Wills was appointed  deputy chairman.

Appointments to community groups were delayed until the next meeting when Mrs Stirling-Lindsay  will be present.

Raymond Gunn, a Coal Creek farmer, was elected chairman of the Teviot Valley Community Board for a second term.  Deputy chairman Cliff Parker said Mr Gunn had done an "excellent job" during the last three years.

Sally Feinerman and John Pritchard are new to the board. They replace Russell Read, who was unsuccessful in his bid for a  seat, and Jenna Stevens, who did not seek re-election.

The Cromwell Community Board will hold its first meeting on Monday  and the Maniototo board on Thursday. 

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