Our council – it’s official

Philip Coles signs the official document after being sworn into council, with Waipa District mayor Jim Mylchreest (left) and GM Garry Dyet (right).

Waipa’s new and returning councillors pledged their allegiance to the district recently in a swear-in ceremony to officiate four new councillors and ten returning councillors.

It was a new experience for three of the five Cambridge councillors with Mike Pettit, Philip Coles and Roger Gordon taking on the title as councillor for the first time.

“It feels great even if I’m slightly nervous with anticipation,” said Gordon, who along with Pettit and Coles hung up his community board hat for a seat at the council table.

“Absolutely gutted I didn’t make it back onto the community board,” said Coles, who was out-voted for representing council on the Cambridge Community Board, Grahame Webber appointed instead during the Friday swear-in ceremony.

“But I’m over the moon (to be made councillor), it’s pretty special,” he said.

Mike Pettit takes the pledge for council.

Gordon likened it to a “big learning curve” and Pettit admitted “it will be challenging” looking at the next three years on council – “a step up on the experience with the community board,” said Gordon.

Third-term Mayor Jim Mylchreest felt all 13 councillors had the right attitude to support the growing district in the years to come.

“With all the growth we’ve got going on we need to have positive, ambitious councillors – we don’t want the naysayers saying ‘we don’t want to do anything’ – the district needs to move forward. I’m delighted that everyone of the councillors is really positive.”

Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest signs a declaration for his third term as mayor, overseen by Council GM Garry Dyet (right).

As for running for a fourth term in 2022, Mylchreest said, “ask me in two years!”

“I wouldn’t rule it out by any means, a lot of things can happen in three years. We’ll have to see how things shape up. But I love the district and I really enjoy working for the community.”

That afternoon, November 1, the first meetings of the district’s two community boards were held, with Ange Holt voted chair of the Te Awamutu Community Board and Sue Milner voted chair for Cambridge.

More Recent News

Rippa of a coach

The bounce of the rugby ball has gone Hautapu School’s way. “We’ve had an offer from a rugby coach to come and work with the 6th grade team,” the email from Hautapu School sport co-ordinator…

Sian’s Trump Cards

  One evening, Sian Winmill’s head started twitching and repetitively banging her shoulder. For six hours it wouldn’t stop. The 18-year-old former St Peter’s School Cambridge student had previously mentioned “random twitching” she occasionally experienced…

Winston on a winner

  Racing Minister Winston Peters has called New Zealand’s first synthetic racetrack the chance of a lifetime after his first look at it. The deputy Prime Minister was joined by New Zealand First MP Clayton…

That winning feeling

      A Cambridge man was surrounded by his family when he discovered he had won $1 million with Lotto First Division. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was attending a family gathering…