Media release: Mike Gray appointed as new councillor to SWDC

18 March 2019

Mike Gray from Greytown has today been officially sworn in as a new councillor to SWDC for the Greytown ward.

Councillor Gray fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Councillor Paora Ammunson in December last year.

Council decided to appoint Mr Gray based on his good working knowledge of local government processes, having previously been a South Wairarapa District Councillor and as a current member of the Greytown Community Board and the Greytown Trust Lands Trust.

Mr Gray was also the highest polling unsuccessful candidate in the last triennial election, and has indicated his availability to take up the position.

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 BIOGRAPHY FOR MIKE GRAY

 Experience:

 District Councillor (1992-2004 & 2007- 2013)

Chairperson -  Planning Hearings Committee (1992-2001)

Deputy Mayor & Chairperson – Works & Services Committee (2001- 2004)

Council representative Flood-plain Management Plan Committee (2007-2013)

Present Activities:

Greytown Trust Lands Trustee (2007 – 2019)

Leader – Greytown Civil Defence-Emergency Management Response Team (since 2012)

Re-appointed (2013) to Flood-plain Management Plan Committee for Civil Defence - Emergency Management role.

Urban representative - new Water Race Users Group (2016)

Governance focus: 

Better council and community board communications. Stronger engagement with our communities through empowered active community boards.

Building resilient and sustainable communities while addressing both the economic and urban development challenges.     

Promoting a progressive vibrant district through appropriate investments in community assets, libraries, recreation facilities and support for our arts communities.

Effective management and efficient operation of all district wide infrastructure and community assets.

ENDS

Media contact

Amy Wharram

Communications Manager

027 252 2863

South Wairarapa District Council