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After a welcome by Dunstan High School's kapa haka group, the mayor told people he aimed for a council that was ''ever ready to paddle together''.
Councillor Neil Gillespie was appointed deputy mayor, continuing the role he has been in since Tony Lepper was elected mayor in 2010.
As the Teviot Valley and Maniototo ward councillor positions were uncontested, councillors Stephen Jeffery and Stuart Duncan were appointed to those boards respectively.
Crs Martin McPherson, Ian Cooney and Lynley Claridge were appointed to the Vincent Community Board, and Crs Neil Gillespie, Cheryl Laws and Nigel McKinlay to the Cromwell Community Board.
Crs Jeffery and McKinlay were appointed to the audit and risk committee along with the mayor and deputy mayor, and Crs Jeffery, Duncan, Gillespie and McPherson were appointed to the executive committee.
Cr Shirley Calvert was appointed chairwoman and Cr Tamah Alley deputy of the assessment committee.