Scott takes charge of Regent

By Brendon McMahon
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Former mayoral candidate Kyle Scott has been appointed manager of the Hokitika Regent Theatre.
Westland Community Centre president Bruce Watson said the appointment was confirmed on Monday night, and was effective immediately.
Outgoing manager Natasha Terry was standing down for family reasons but would continue in a part-time capacity, he said.
The manager’s role was evolving, particularly as restoration of the theatre moved to completion.
Mr Scott’s role would be to develop “the full potential use” of the theatre and to improve revenue. He was a long supporter of the theatre, including recent voluntary work, Mr Watson said.
Mr Scott’s “broad and varied background” would “help lead the Regent into an exciting new era”.
A former traffic cop and policeman, Mr Scott was a three-term district councillor until he stepped down this year to run for the mayoralty. Mr Watson was his running mate under the Westland’s Future banner.
Mr Scott said he hoped to use his previous organisational experience from both the Wildfoods Festival committee and as president of the Hokitika Chartered Club in his new role at the theatre, but noted that he still had a lot to learn.
“It’s a matter of immersing myself and getting myself orientated,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge ... at the moment it’s head down and learning the ropes before rattling too many cages.”