My first top 10 list
For the next 100 days southlandtimes.co.nz will follow newly elected Invercargill City Councillor Rebecca Amundsen.
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She's a mother, a landlord, a project leader and now a city councillor.
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Each week Rebecca will also write about her council musings.
After two half days of local government training, a bit of weekend reading and a few interesting events and happenings I have started to learn a few things about being a city councillor.
Here are the top 10 things - some chosen because they are important and others because they are interesting, hopefully.
My husband is also learning a thing or two.
Mostly that people like to ask what is it like being married to a councillor.
So far his answer is that there has been no change.
I suspect that may change as things progress, especially when I have been for the Resource Management Act training I have to do for the hearings committee.
He sometimes has to deal with resource consents as part of his work, so I am sure that will lead to some interesting discussions.
In the course of reading the annual plan for the 2013/14 year I have also learned a few things about what our council does and aims to do.
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