Wellington Mayor-elect Andy Foster says he has chosen Motukairangi-Eastern Ward Councillor Sarah Free as his Deputy Mayor for the 2019-2022 triennium.
Mayor Foster describes Cr Free as an experienced and personable City Councillor who will bring the necessary leadership skills to the Deputy Mayoralty role.
“It has always been a pleasure working with Sarah over the past couple of terms at the Council. She is a popular, honest and hard-working Councillor with strong people skills, and a real heart for our city.
“We may not have exactly similar political leanings but we both care about important issues for Wellington – for example the environment and transport – so I’m confident Sarah and I can work well together.”
Mayor Foster says there is a long and healthy history of Wellington Mayors choosing Councillors with different political leanings to their own as Deputy Mayors. “It helps build a Council team and it also recognises that Wellington is a city with a politically-aware and diverse community.”
Cr Free says it is a privilege to have been given this opportunity to serve as Deputy Mayor. “I’m looking forward to helping establish a positive team to get good things done for Wellington.”
For further details please contact:
Mayor Foster, tel 021 227 8537
Cr Free, tel 022 121 6412