New chairman for Regional Council

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Bay of Plenty Regional Council has voted in a new chairman.

At the first council meeting today in Whakatane, councillors elected Douglas Leeder to the chair and Jane Nees was elected as deputy chair.

Mr Leeder said that he was pleased with the confidence placed in him by his fellow councillors.

"Regional Council operates in partnership with local territorial authorities and many other stakeholders. As a region, we're fortunate to have an extensive and impressive environmental landscape that enables us to capture development and recreational opportunities for the benefit of everyone," Mr Leeder said.

"I'm looking forward to leading this council as we tackle the challenges and decisions that lie ahead. It's an exciting time for the organisation. As a team we are looking to advance the interest of the region," Mr Leeder said.

"Over the coming weeks, I will be meeting with leaders from across the Bay of Plenty to ensure we collaborate and work together in the best interests of the Bay of Plenty."

At the meeting, the councillors also recognised the service and leadership of former chairman John Cronin. After four consecutive terms as chair, Mr Cronin decided not to stand again.

"I would like to acknowledge the huge contribution that John Cronin has made to this council and the region over many years. I look forward to working with him and using his institutional knowledge of both council and local government," Mr Leeder said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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