Preliminary results of the Central Lakes Trust election have been announced with Wānaka’s Kathy Dedo voted onto the board.
“I feel overwhelmed and humbled to be voted on to the Trust,” said Dedo. “It's an uncomfortable feeling to put your name, face, and reputation out there and ask for people's support to represent them. With 25 candidates the focus was on the election for so long, and now that it's over I'm more comfortable getting on with the job!”
“The CLT touches everyone's lives through their investment in community services, recreation, arts and culture, education, environment and heritage. I consider it a privilege and will do my best to make sound decisions for the communities throughout the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago Districts.”
“I'm deeply grateful to everyone who supported me in many ways, and to voters for participating no matter who they voted for. I'm passionate about engaging citizens of all ages in democracy, and it's great to see voters in Wānaka and elsewhere expressing their wishes by ballot. Much respect to all who put their hand up to serve our region.”
The voter return percentage was 28.37 percent, (10,749 votes) which is up slightly from the 2016 election turnout of 26.20 percent. The Central Lakes Trust has a total of five trustees elected every three years, alongside three appointed Trustees.
Other successful candidates include Lindsay Breen, Cath Gilmour, Tony Lepper, and Rosie Hill. Wānaka has two other representatives on the board as appointed trustees; Michael Sidey and Hetty Van Hale.