McEntee named local board chairman
Well-known businessman Bill McEntee has been elected chairman of the Papakura Local Board.
The former owner of McEntee Hire was the highest-polling candidate in October's local body elections and was voted in unanimously at the board's first public meeting last Thursday night at the Hawkins Theatre.
Mr McEntee is part of the Papakura First team, which has a five-to-one majority on the board.
The team is led by Manurewa-Papakura ward councillors Calum Penrose and Sir John Walker.
In a show of unity Papakura's one independent board member Brent Catchpole seconded Mr McEntee's nomination.
The entire Manurewa Local Board - which is also working closely with Mr Penrose and Sir John - turned up to watch Papakura's swearing-in.
Mr McEntee hopes the new term will see a more unified board with a focus on infrastructure, transport, safety and home ownership.
Key projects include widening State Highway 1, advancing the status of Papakura as a higher-density metropolitan centre as outlined in the draft Unitary Plan and building the new Takanini train station and library.
The crowd also applauded Mr McEntee's promise to work together with Manurewa to change local alcohol policy and regulate or ban the sale of legal highs.
Returning board member Michael Turner was elected deputy chairman.
The Papakura Local Board will hold its next meeting at 4.30pm on November 28 at the council offices at 35 Coles Cres, Papakura.
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