Rex McIntyre has stepped down as Chair of the Regional Council, also resigning his Council seat. A new Chair will be elected Tuesday, February 3rd, by the remaining eight Councillors, and a by-election will be held in April to fill his Wairoa seat.
Rex has served his constituency and the broader community devotedly for decades.
But, as judged by six of his eight colleagues, with a seventh publicly critical, he was not right for the job of leading the Regional Council.
Councillor Allan Dick lost the 5-4 vote that elected Rex to his post at the beginning of the term. So we expect he is likely to be elected the new Chair.
Whoever the next Chair is, one should expect that such a leadership change, not made lightly, will indeed produce noticeable change in both the style and thrust of HBRC decision-making. Otherwise, why bother?
It won’t take long to see whether the Regional Council actually gets a fresh start, or reverts to business as usual … which , lately, has included performance a tad underwhelming on issues like the status of woodburners and the condition of the Mohaka River.
Hopefully everyone at the Regional Council — elected members and staff alike — will take this action as a bit of a wake-up call.
We’ll get back to you on this!