Carterton welcomes new mayor

John Booth has been named Wairarapa's new mayor. He ran uncontested for the position.
John Booth has been named Wairarapa's new mayor. He ran uncontested for the position.

The Booth Family have a long and storied history in Wairarapa and with the appointment of John Booth as mayor the legacy continues.

The deadline for mayoral nominations passed at midday yesterday without any candidates putting their names forward to contest Booth for the mayoralty.

The Taratahi farmer has been seen by many to be the natural successor to Ron Mark who stepped down last month to take on a role as a member of Parliament.

Booth has the confidence of his fellow councillors who have all chosen not to contest the acting mayor for the top job.

"To me that's pretty special. Three or four of those councillors have been there a very long time . . . those councillors have been very supportive and they have a wealth of knowledge about our district, and to a person, they've offered to help and be of assistance," he said.

Booth said he was humbled by the opportunity to be the Mayor of Carterton and he is looking forward to working with the councillors to tackle the issues that lay ahead.

"I've very excited about it. It is something that I never ever thought would be available to me."

First elected onto Carterton District Council is 2010, Booth wasted no time in demonstrating that he was an able councillor. He was chosen by Mark as deputy mayor at the beginning of this triennium and frequently filled the mayor's shoes.

"In hindsight it was probably very worthwhile that I was given that because it is certainly allowed me to go into this role with confidence," he said.

The Booths have been farming the district for generations and they have produced two previous mayors, Alf Booth and Howard Booth. The new mayor says his mentor has been long-time councillor and cousin Dick Booth, who served on the district council for 28 years.

John Booth said he intended to be a hands-on mayor and he is happy to deal with people personally if they have any issues.

"You have to be totally involved in your community to do the job properly," he said.

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