Crs have ‘shelf life’: deputy mayor not seeking re-election

Calum MacLeod
Calum MacLeod
Queenstown Lakes District Council deputy mayor and Wanaka Community Board member Calum MacLeod announced he will not stand for re-election, during yesterday’s Wanaka Community Board meeting.

Cr MacLeod said, including the first three years on the Wanaka Community Board, he had served in council for the past 12 years.

"It is about time I said publicly: I will not be standing for election this time around and not seeking re-election ... I think councillors do have a shelf life, and while I’m still inside my due date, I’d like to think that somebody else will stick their hand up," Cr MacLeod said.

His announcement was made following acknowledgement of community board member Ed Taylor’s contributions over the past two terms.

"One word I would attach to you [Mr Taylor] is persistence. One of the American presidents said you can have talent, you can have genius, but the greatest asset you can possibly have is persistence," Cr MacLeod said.

Throughout his time, Cr MacLeod has been involved in committees including planning and strategy, the chief executive’s performance review committee, the governance subcommittee and the Civil Defence emergency group committee.

His community engagements have included Lake Wanaka Tourism, Film Otago Southland Trust, the Luggate Community Association, Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre, Friends of Pembroke Park, Guardians of Lake Wanaka, Kahu Youth Trust, Lagarosiphon Management Team and the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust.

Cr Niamh Shaw and Mr Taylor have also announced they will not be seeking re-election for the coming term.



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