Trio of council stalwarts bid a fond farewell

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett with retiring deputy mayor Terry Sloan. Photo: Supplied.

They clocked up an impressive 27 years of service between them and were each given a resounding round of applause as they officially retired from local politics.

Clapping and cheers rang out in council chambers as a trio of Marlborough District Council members were officially recognised for their contributions to the region.

Marlborough’s deputy mayor Terry Sloan, Wairau-Awatere ward councillor, Geoff Evans and Marlborough Sounds ward councillor Trevor Hook were bid a fond farewell from their council colleagues.

And Marlborough Mayor John Leggett paid a tribute to each, thanking them for their hard work and dedication.

Terry, who served two terms as deputy mayor and one as a councillor, says the moment was quite an emotional one.

Speaking to the Marlborough Weekly on Monday, Terry says he couldn’t rule out a return to council later. But concentrating on his family and business was a top priority, he says.

“It’s about offloading quite a bit of work and commitment,” he says.

“Doing that enables you to spend a bit more time with family and work.”

He says most of the memories from his nine-year tenure were good ones, but he will “miss the information”.

“I’m a bit of a nosy bugger,” he says. “I like knowing what’s going on, but that’s not life changing stuff.

“I’ll miss everyone that I was involved with. I built a lot of friendships and relationships.”

And although Terry only willingly donned his deputy mayoral chains twice, he won’t officially hang them up until election day.

He says the deputy mayoral pendant was designed for former deputy mayor and now councillor Jenny Andrews and didn’t “suit him”.

“It’s not something I hung out to wear,” he says.

Terry says getting a position like deputy mayor is impossible without a lot of people throwing in their support.

“Thanks for all the support that I’ve had,” he says. “It’s really humbling.”

Both Geoff Evans and Te Mahia Bay Resort co-owner Trevor Hook also served for nine years.

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