Northern News : November 3
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Her promotion was the only political manoeuv- ring at the council's first meeting which was free of the tensions that strained relations between the Value for Ratepayers team and other councillors in 2007. Mr Brown was confi- dent that the new council would work construc- tively together. It is to be noted that this council is quite stable with few changes from last year so we will resume progress without much difficulty.'' But he warned against parochialism, saying he was disturbed to hear many council candidates comment during the elec- tion that the council favours one ward in com- parison to another. All of the successful council candidates will take an oath to represent the whole district and each community board member will similarly represent their whole community board area.'' Mr Brown said the council tried hard to ensure that its expendi- ture in each ward was in proportion to the income it received from that area. It is timely to remind everyone that the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa ward raises twice the rates of Te Hiku ward which in turn raises twice the rates of the Kaikohe-Hokianga ward.'' Councillors would also need to grapple with financial pressures facing the council and ratepayers, including rating inequities and uneven sewerage charges, he said. It may well be that development charges are over for a long time if we are to keep economic activity moving ahead.'' A standoff between Maori protesters occupy- ing a council reserve at Taipa and residents highlighted the need for Maori and Pakeha to improve relationships. Foreshore and seabed issues have been thrust upon us recently with the government contem- plating major legislative changes that are not fully understood. Some hapu are taking things into their own hands.'' Former mayor gets nod as regional council chairman Craig Brown is the new chairman of the North- land Regional Council and John Bain is his deputy. Newly elected regional councillors appointed the Bream Bay resident and former Whangarei mayor to the job at their first meeting last Tuesday. Mr Brown faced com- petition for the top job from councillor Graeme Ramsey, but when the matter was put to a vote Mr Brown received four of the seven votes that were cast. He replaces Mark Farnsworth who led the council for nine years, but was not re-elected at last month's local body elections. Mr Brown was an elected member of the Whangarei District Council for 12 years. For six years he was the mayor. The former policeman has also been involved in farming and real estate. He is an elected mem- ber of the Northland Dis- trict Health Board and is serving his third term on the regional council. Mr Brown nominated councillor John Bain as his deputy. Mr Bain, who is serv- ing his second term on the council, was elected unopposed. He is an elected mem- ber of the Northland Dis- trict Health Board and chairman of the North- land Emergency Services Trust which operates the electricity rescue helicop- ter. Mr Bain works in the importing business and has been self-employed since he was in his early 20s.
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