New assistant for Shadbolt appointed

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 08:44 14/05/2014

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Yet another personal assistant has been appointed for Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Former Invercargill woman Morina Colyer will begin in Shadbolt's office on June 23.

His former assistant, Marie Auckram, went on leave in December and never returned to the council.

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King would not comment about her departure at the time.

Invercargill City Council human resources manager Rachel Reece said Colyer had been appointed after more than 30 applications were received for the role.

"She is lovely, she is very young and very vibrant."

Reece said Colyer had a background in legal secretary work and was looking forward to moving back to Invercargill.

Speaking from Christchurch, Colyer said the position was the perfect fit after she and her husband decided to move home. "We have missed our friends and family, we are just coming home, really."

Colyer said she was excited about the role and had already met Shadbolt and his partner, Asha Dutt, during a show her husband, Marc, had been involved with Shadbolt in.

She was unaware of the drama surrounding her predecessors as that news had not reached Christchurch, she said. However, she was aware there would be challenges with the job, but said that was what enticed her to apply.

Shadbolt did not return calls.

Last month he quipped many would prefer to join the Russian front than be his personal assistant.

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