22 August 2019
Elected members pay tribute to retiring councillors Charles Sturt and Karen Hunt
On the final Full Council hui/meeting of the current council term elected members paid tribute to retiring councillors Charles Sturt and Karen Hunt for their services to the Rotorua community.
Mayor Steve Chadwick spoke about the contributions each had made during their time on the council and said local government was losing two “wonderful battlers” and “staunch individuals” who had been great advocates for the community.
On behalf of the council organisation Corporate Planning and Governance Manager Oonagh Hopkins thanked Crs Sturt and Hunt for their passion and drive to work with staff to contribute to positive change for the district. Cr Trevor Maxwell led a haka, joined by local iwi members in the public gallery.
Cr Sturt, who has been on Council for 33 years, paid tribute to both former and current council colleagues and staff. He said the Te Arawa Partnership had been a highlight of his time as a councillor and the Energy Events Centre was a particularly satisfying project. He had especially enjoyed his role as lead of the Sport and Recreation portfolio, working alongside the community and council staff, and it was especially pleasing to see projects he had championed included in the current long-term plan, he said.
Cr Hunt, a councillor for 12 years, said there were a number of projects she was extremely proud of and the Te Arawa Partnership in particular was “deeply significant”. She had enjoyed working as Council’s representative on the Te Arawa Lakes Programme, working with staff and the community on inner city revitalisation and was delighted work was now happening on the lakefront, museum, Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre and the forest.
Both councillors thanked their colleagues and paid tribute to the council staff they had worked alongside and who had supported them during their time on Council.
The meeting was livestreamed and you can view the various tributes made today by going to THIS LINK on Council’s website. This section of the meeting starts HERE.