Following elections earlier this month, the new Waikato District Council was sworn in at a ceremony in Ngaruawahia on Thursday night.
Chief Executive, Gavin Ion, presided at a ceremony attended by family members to swear in re-elected Mayor, Allan Sanson, and the 13 councillors who will represent the district’s 69,900 residents across ten wards for the next three years.
Seven councillors were re-elected and are joined on council by six new comers for the Awaroa ki Tuakau, Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Onewhero-Te Akau, Raglan and Tamahere wards. Dynes Fulton was, last night, also appointed Deputy Mayor for the triennium.
Councillors Clint Baddeley (Raglan), Rosemarie Costar (Onewhero-Tuakau), Wally Hayes (Tamahere), Lionel Petersen (Awaroa ki Tuakau), and Graham Tait (Huntly) all retired from council at the end of last term.
The next Council meeting is at 1pm on Tuesday November 1, at Ngaruawahia premises.

Waikato District Councillors, from back left, Frank McInally, Lisa Thomson, Rob McGuire, Jacqui Church, Aksel Bech, Noel Smith, Bronwyn Main, Eugene Patterson, Shelley Lynch, Jan Sedgwick, Dynes Fulton, Mayor Allan Sanson, Janet Gibb and Stephanie Henderson.

Mayor Allan Sanson signs his declaration while Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion observes.