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Councils Elect President And Vice-president Of Local Government New Zealand

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30 July 2008 - Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings has been elected President and Kerry Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington, has been elected Vice-President of Local Government New Zealand following an election by member councils at its Annual General Meeting in Rotorua today.

The elections for President and Vice-President of the organisation take place every three years following the triennial local government elections.

President Yule won his election against the Mayor of Wellington, Kerry Prendergast. Kerry Prendergast won her election after standing against John Forbes, Mayor of Opotiki in the election for Vice-President.

"I am delighted to be elected as President and I congratulate Kerry on her appointment as Vice-President. I have enjoyed working with her on Local Government New Zealand's National Council and I look forward to working closely with her to cover the range of interests and concerns across our diverse membership," said Mr Yule.

Both the President and Vice-President have an important role to play in maintaining strong relationships with both the local government sector and Government. They also play a pivotal role in the governance and effectiveness of Local Government New Zealand.

Former President Basil Morrison retired from the role at completion of his two full terms as President. Basil will continue in his international role of Chair of the Local Government Commonwealth Forum until March 2009.

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