Issued on behalf of Waikato Mayoral Forum
The Waikato Mayoral Forum has elected a new chair and been provided with updated information on joint work streams designed to deliver multi-million dollar savings for ratepayers and ramp up the regional economy.
The forum – which includes city and district mayors and the chair of the regional council – has elected Waikato District Council mayor Allan Sanson to be chair, replacing former Matamata-Piako mayor Hugh Vercoe, now a regional councillor. Waitomo District Council’s mayor Brian Hanna was elected forum deputy chair.
“I am strongly committed to working with my fellow council leaders on making a real difference for Waikato’s future,” said Mr Sanson.
“Collectively, we want to ensure we have the best arrangements in place to deliver on the potential for multi-million dollar savings and a significantly healthier economy. It’s by working together that we’ll deliver the best results.”
Today’s meeting also discussed the forum work streams covering local council co-operation over roading, water and waste water services, planning, and economic development.
Progress reports on this work said:
“All this work augurs well for the Waikato’s collective future,” said Mr Sanson.
“Our collective task will be to make sure we take up opportunities and meet challenges in a joined up way to ensure the wider region flourishes as well as it can.”