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Cr Sarah Free chosen as Wellington’s deputy mayor

News from Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor-elect Andy Foster 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.”

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  1. Helene Ritchie, 24. October 2019, 21:35

    Excellent choice. Sarah will do the City proud.

  2. Michael Gibson, 25. October 2019, 7:12

    Well done, Sarah!
    Your hard work on the buses (and the hard work of Diane and Simon, our ward councillors) has been very much appreciated – keep it up!

  3. Fleur Fitzsimons, 25. October 2019, 7:55

    Congrats Sarah Free, I have totally enjoyed working with you and am sure you will be a great Deputy Mayor for our city! [via twitter]

  4. Chris Calvi-Freeman, 25. October 2019, 8:13

    Best wishes to Sarah Free – Wellington’s brand new deputy mayor! The hardest working and most committed councillor I know of. [via twitter]

  5. Sarah Free, 25. October 2019, 8:15

    it’s my commitment to build a strong team and work with our staff to do the very best we can for Wellington! Looking forward to what the next three years will bring. [via twitter]

  6. Neil Douglas, 25. October 2019, 10:02

    Shame you are not there too Chris as you do actually know something about transport from your professional career.

  7. Curtis Nixon, 25. October 2019, 11:02

    Congratulations Sarah. You and Andy will be great leaders for Wellington in these interesting times!

    Good to see you engaging with Wellington.scoop – hope you keep it up as this is an excellent forum for local issues and news.