Back to the Future — Lord Mayor Mooted for RegionBy Alan Tristram
In one of the most remarkable passages in the Local Government Review, the Panel recommends establishing a new position of ‘Lord Mayor,’ elected by the Region.
The panel also recommends a new Greater Wellington Council be established, which would be led by the Lord Mayor.
‘Sir’ Geoffrey Palmer, who chaired the Panel, is obviously also taken with the idea of returning the ‘Lordship’ title to this country. With knighthoods like his reintroduced by PM John Key, His Lordship — or Ladyship — would fit in nicely with the current trend.
And just who would be the Region’s first Lord or Ladyship? Perhaps it’s a job for Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan, who’s already said to be mulling over the possibility of retiring from her present position at next year’s local body elections.