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Farewell to retiring councillors

(Left to right) farewell to Mayor John Leggett, Clr David Oddie, Rural Representative Ross Beech, Clr Mark Peters, Clr Francis Maher, Iwi Representative Richard Hunter, Clr Jenny Andrews, Clr Michael Fitzpatrick and Clr Cynthia Brooks

Yesterday marked the last Council meeting for this electoral term, and with that came a final farewell to several councillors who are not standing for re-election.

Along with Mayor John Leggett, mayor since 2016 and a councillor since 2010, six councillors have decided to hang up their hats - Jenny Andrews, Cynthia Brooks, Michael Fitzpatrick, Francis Maher, David Oddie, and Mark Peters. These councillors have a combined total of 75 years of service to Marlborough.

Family and friends attended the Council meeting to celebrate the contribution Councillors have made and to listen to their valedictory speeches.

Mayor Leggett thanked Councillors for their service, hard work, tenacity and contribution to the Marlborough community.

Ross Beech, Council’s Rural Representative for the last four terms and Richard Hunter, Council’s Iwi Representative since 1998, both of whom are standing down, were also acknowledged for their valuable service to Council.

Retiring Councillors reflected on their highlights and achievements over the years noting key projects including the upgrade of small townships community spaces, community halls, the new library/art gallery, the Picton Library and Service Centre, the Lansdowne Park Sportshub, the George Street senior housing units, the Marlborough Environment Plan and the work of The Economic Action Marlborough (TEAM) group.

Mayor Leggett noted his time as Mayor and Councillor has been a privilege and an absolute pleasure.

During his time as Mayor, Council faced many challenges including the Kaikōura earthquake just after the 2016 election, Covid-19 and closed borders in 2020, two significant storm events and the occupation of council reserves by protestors. “We responded throughout with clear planning and direction. I am proud to have played my part," Mayor Leggett said.

The first Council meeting of the next electoral term will be held on Thursday 27 October when the new Mayor and Councillors will be sworn in.