Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy has been voted the new Vice President of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) by members at their 2014 conference in Nelson.
LGNZ is the sector voice for all 78 councils in the country, advocating on behalf of members and leading the sector’s commitment to improve practice and efficiency, enable economic growth, community vibrancy and environmental wellbeing.
LGNZ President Lawrence Yule, who was re-elected unopposed at the weekend conference, welcomes Mayor Duffy as the new Vice President for the three-year term ahead.
“I look forward to working with Mr Duffy and I’m sure he will bring significant leadership to this position,” Mr Yule said.
Horowhenua District Council Chief Executive David Clapperton says he is delighted at Mayor Duffy’s appointment, adding to his role as chair of the Provincial Sector of LGNZ.
“This is a fantastic achievement for Brendan, and a great opportunity for Horowhenua to have a continued voice in Wellington. I’m sure we all congratulate Brendan and look forward in supporting him while he performs his duties as LGNZ Vice President,” Mr Clapperton says.
Deputy Mayor Garry Good says it is great news not only for Mayor Duffy, but also for Horowhenua.
“Brendan will have the full support of Horowhenua District Council and his profile will bring benefits to our community.”
Councillor Tony Rush says Mayor Duffy’s profile among his peers, other mayors and chairs is very evident.
“We can be proud that one of ours has such a high profile.”
Councillor Wayne Bishop says this must signal that Horowhenua has a mayor who is not only respected within the district, but equally respected within local government circles nationwide.