First-term councillor Marian Hobbs, a former Labour cabinet minister, has just been elected as chairwoman of the Otago Regional Council, and former National MP Michael Laws is now deputy chairman.
Hobbs says she does not agree with moves to build a "palatial" Dunedin headquarters, but supports offices in places such as Cromwell. And Laws says the Dunedin-centric nature of the regional council needs to de-volve towards the provinces where "we are doing the work".
What do you think? Should the council be centred in Dunedin or in the regions?
A challenge facing too many young men is the sense that they have to live up to the unspoken rules of masculinity – clichés such as “boys don’t cry” and “toughen up”.
White Ribbon encourages everyone to challenge the unspoken rules, so we can let boys and young men enjoy their individuality and define themselves as men who have respectful relationships with themselves and their partners – creating happier, healthier communities for us all.
Nominations are now open for this year's Resene Colour Your Community! Apply now for up to $1000 worth of paints, wood stains and products to spruce up an area in your 'hood.
You can submit a nomination on behalf of your organisation, business, or for your own community project - whether that is the paint for a new mural for your community hall, a graffiti clean up or refresh of a local playground.
We’ll also be selecting five winning entries plus asking members to vote in the People’s Choice Award!
Reach out, look out, help out AND speak out!