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New Tauranga mayor wants to unify the city

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Newly sworn in mayor Tenby Powell wants to create a united council that can agree on the best way forward for Tauranga.

“I've been given a clear mandate for change by the residents of Tauranga.

“I campaigned on bringing that change and bringing leadership that I believe Tauranga deserves.”

“I've also said that we are a city divided on social and cultural levels and it's time to reunite and we're seeing some of the charge around that right now.

The charge Tenby is referring to is the Treaty of Waitangi posters that were ripped from the wall during the swearing in ceremony yesterday.

“I'm hoping that through working collaboratively as a council we will be able to unite a city which, is in my view, desperately in need of that.”

“I think better leadership and being able to bring a team together will enable us to be able to move the city forward and as a consequence of that reunited a city.”

During his welcome at the ceremony yesterday kaumatua, Huikakahu Kawe said how the treaty document is treated will be determined by the councillors and the new mayor.

"Time will tell what it means to the councillors."

No matter where we gather or when, we stand on the shoulders of those before us, he said.

SunLive spoke to some of the newly elected councillors to ask what their plans are for the next three years.

Councillor Heidi Hughes wants to focus on the environment and better transport solutions.

“I'd like to bring a strong voice for the environment into council, I feel like that's something that is really important.

“I'm also very interested in transport, better transport solutions. So I really want to get around that table and get a bigger understanding of where we're at now and where we can go.”

She would also like to see more community engagement with council.

“I'm really keen to see a much more collaborative community-based solution focus.”

It is Tina Salisbury’s first time as a councillor and she is excited to serve the people of Tauranga.

“I've got a lot to learn a lot to understand about local government, but I'm excited to learn and I feel like I'm up for the challenge.

“Coming into it, it was really around being a part of unifying council and also creating ways that we can engage with the community on a much more authentic and regular basis. So that the community feels heard and listened to, it gets to be a part of making decisions around our city to create a whole lot of unity together.”

Voters elected a new mayor, Tenby Powell, and five new councillors in Jako Abrie, Dawn Kiddie, Andrew Hollis, Heidi Hughes and Tina Salisbury.

They join existing councillors Larry Baldock, Kelvin Clout, Bill Grainger, Steve Morris and John Robson.

The mayor and councillors are now able to act in their roles after the swearing in ceremony yesterday afternoon.

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Free Speech

Posted on 28-10-2019 13:10 | By

"So we must beware of a tyranny of opinion which tries to make only one side of a question the one which may be heard. Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage." Winston Churchill 1943

It’s not free speech

Posted on 28-10-2019 01:28 | By Eric Bantona

It’s not free speech. Tired of communicating this point. You hide behind lies to justify your racist views.

Colonel Mustard

Posted on 27-10-2019 20:25 | By

Seems to be getting the Army confused with Democracy. I can’t believe so many fell for it.

Not sure.

Posted on 26-10-2019 18:02 | By Told you

Not a lot of confidence in the new Mayor with his restrictions on free speech, let’s just hope we get a balanced view on proceedings.

Free thought not allowed

Posted on 25-10-2019 21:14 | By

If councilors don’t think the "right" way good old Tenby will try to ban them! Very unifying.

Noteven

Posted on 25-10-2019 20:24 | By

Great job Mayor Tenby Powell. It’s far better to have a unified Council instead of a divide one. Mr Hollis and his supporters need to realise that he not only represents them on the council but, all sections of the community that reside in this city including Tangata whenua.

Unifying Council

Posted on 25-10-2019 17:15 | By gincat

What does that mean? Councillors become drones of the mayor?

Don't the photos show the picture!

Posted on 25-10-2019 14:01 | By SML

The "Old Boys" network up the front, and women relegated to the background. Goodness, it’s 2019, not 1919! How about some gender equity and women’s voices heard in the affairs of the Tauranga City Council? The Mayor said he wanted a woman deputy, but we got...?? Not good for "unifying the city" where over half the residents (women) aren’t seen or heard.

Females

Posted on 25-10-2019 10:46 | By Khol Rabi

Why are all the males in the front rows....

A good start...

Posted on 25-10-2019 10:14 | By morepork

… at least they will TRY and bring some changes.

Yeah Right

Posted on 25-10-2019 09:03 | By

Great start Tenby. Trying to ban a councillor for expressing an opinion which many of those who voted for him would endorse is really uniting. It simply shows your aversion to freedom of expression and displays your own prejudices.