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Mayors lead way in attendance

All three mayors, from left, Lyn Patterson, John Booth and Viv Napier, have a 100 per cent attendance record. PHOTO/FILE

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It’s been a busy term for district councils with up to 41 ordinary or extraordinary meetings since the last local body elections in October 2016.

These statistics have been limited to full council meetings, but councillors will also be members of committees.

Because all councillors are entitled to attend committee meetings, these attendances have not been included as they could have skewed results.

Carterton District Council

Mayor John Booth, who is due to announce his intentions for the upcoming elections this week, led the way with 100 per cent attendance at the 35 ordinary or extraordinary council meetings.

He was matched by councillors Ruth Carter and Jill Greathead, who has already announced she will be standing for the mayor.

All other councillors were in the 90-100 per cent attendance range, apart from Cr Mike Ashby, who having missed four meetings was at 88.5 per cent.

Cr Tracey O’Callaghan, who resigned from council in February, attended 26 of 29 meetings.

Masterton District Council

Mayor Lyn Patterson, who will stand again for the job, was the only member of Masterton District Council to achieve a perfect record attendance record.

Cr John Dalziel, who has announced he will not be standing again for council missed just one meeting of 41.

Among other councillors, Deborah Davidson, who attended 32 meetings, and Simon O’Donoghue, missed 10 meetings, were seen least around the council table.

South Wairarapa District Council

Deputy mayor Brian Jephson achieved the only perfect attendance record among those serving the complete term in South Wairarapa.

Mayor Viv Napier missed two meetings, bringing her percentage down to 95 per cent. She was absent for one other meeting on official business.

Cr Lee Carter, who will stand for mayor in this year’s election, attended 33 of 40 meetings, for a 82.5 percent record.

Tararua District Council

Mayor Tracey Collis has missed just one meeting during the term, as has Peter Johns and Alison Franklin among southern ward councillors.

Only southern ward councillors are included as it falls within the Times-Age circulation area.



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