South rallies for ailing Cardno


Southlanders are rallying behind their former mayor, sending their best wishes to Frana Cardno.

Cardno, the longest-continually serving mayor in New Zealand, is in Dunedin Hospital with an unknown illness.

Southland district councillor Paul Duffy, who has been on the council for more than 10 years, said he had been aware of her illness for about a week.

"It is the worst of news . . . but we're hoping and praying for the best," he said. "She's done a lot for Southland; it's time for Southland to get behind and support her."

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong said he understood Cardno had called for privacy.

"She knows she has support from past and present councillors and staff," Tong said.

Cardno became ill during an overseas trip, and sought medical attention in Sydney on June 28 because her complexion had become yellow.

Her condition was stable enough to be transferred to Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday.

The Southland Times