Emotional pōwhiri welcomes in new era
As well as welcoming a new Mayor for the first time in 15 years, the district has its first ever Māori Councillor.
“What a way to start the next three years,” said new Mayor Toby Adams.
“The history, mana, and emotion of the pōwhiri and waiata really got to all of us. To see so many people coming together in the council chamber to celebrate this new era was very humbling.”
Legacies of previous Mayors acknowledged
Tamariki from Tirohia Primary school and Paeroa College burst into a rousing haka as the mayoral chains were placed around the new Mayor’s neck. The links in the mayoral chain had to be shortened to fit, but Mayor Adams acknowledged that the links to the legacies of outgoing Mayor John Tregidga and previous Mayor Basil Morrison, are much longer.
Basil Morrison said he’d grown up on the banks of the Waihou River and had been connected with the Council for at least 30 years. Stressing what serving the Hauraki district has meant to him, an emotional Basil said “this chamber, this place, is special, it’s my heart.”
Paddling our waka together
Council Chief Executive Langley Cavers congratulated the new Councillors, adding that Hauraki District Council was renowned nationally for its strong historic leadership, solid and sound decision making and working hard to engage with the community.
“We bring diversity and separate ideas to the table in this chamber. We want our Councillors to ask the hard questions, make a decision and then commit to paddling our waka together for our communities and whanau”, he said.
A short council meeting was held following the ceremony. Mayor Adam’s first order of business was to announce Councillor Paul Milner as the new Deputy Mayor.
Standing room only for this historic occasion
“It’s very special to see so many people here today, said Cavers.
“At most of our council meetings we can have plenty of empty seats, but not today. I encourage you to keep attending future meetings to support your Councillors and communities.”