This page contains information about swearing in ceremony for Denby Ward Councillor Gavin Benney.
19/12/2017 7:37 p.m.
Whangarei’s newest District Councillor, Gavin Benney, has been sworn into office and attended his first Council meeting.
Electors in Whangarei’s Denby Ward elected him following the resignation of former councillor Jane Golightly in September.
Mr Benney brings to the Council 30 years’ experience as a police officer in Northland. After resigning and running his own business for the past four years, he decided to run for Council when the position became available.
He said as a parent and then a grandparent, he had gained a new appreciation of the things that mattered in life and wanted to leave the world a better place.
Issues he has commented on include growth in the region, development of the port, better roads, an effective rail system, encouraging tourists to spend more time in the region, cleaning up the environment, roadsides and banning plastic carry bags.
He said he, his partner Maria and business partner, Ross, have always supported local clubs and charities and served the community for many years in many different roles.
Mr Benney won the position with 841 votes, followed by Matt Keene (635) and Chris Leitch (552).
Just over 30% of the 14,135 electors in the ward voted.