Mayor’s valedictory

By Rebekah Fraser

Westland Mayor Maureen Pugh with the rest of the council at her final council meeting yesterday. Cr Murray Montagu paid tribute to Mrs Pugh for leading the district over the past nine years. “We’ve had our fisty-cuffs but you have been a great leader so thank you. We will miss you.” Mrs Pugh paid tribute to the “unsung heroes” of the council — the staff. “For many, they beaver away unseen by the majority of the public. Their skill, attitude and loyalty has demonstrated to me on a daily basis how fortunate we are to have had the team that is here supporting us as elected representatives.” Crs John Birchfield, Kerry Eggeling and Allen Hurley also retired yesterday.