Mayor for a day has kids' issues top of his agenda

Swapping seats with mayor is a dream come true

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 14/06/2014
Logan Salisbury
ANDY JACKSON/ Fairfax NZ

HIS WORSHIP: Mayor for the Day Logan Salisbury, aged 10, of New Plymouth, is given the mayoral treatment by Mayor Andrew Judd. 

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Logan Salisbury has always wanted to sit in the mayor's seat.

The Mangorei School pupil, 10, got his wish yesterday when he swapped seats with New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and spent a day walking in his shoes.

Logan's chance to wear the chain came after he won an auction donated by the New Plymouth District Council to support the Child Cancer Foundation breakfast, hosted at The Mayfair on April 11.

A total of $27,887 was raised on the day.

Logan's busy day started with a light lunch with Judd, deputy mayor Heather Dodunski, chief executive Barbara McKerrow, MP Jonathan Young and Professionals real estate agent Kris Rasmussen.

Whanganui MP Chester Borrows also rang to check in on Logan's day.

Logan said he was "pretty excited" about being able to spend the day being boss of the district.

He put a bid in at the auction because he wanted to "have a look" into how the council worked.

Friends Julie Spellman, 11, and Lachlan Moles, 10, were brought along to share in the experience.

Both Julie and Lachlan reported that Logan was a "very serious" and a "very precise" mayor.

After lunch it was down to business with a council meeting.

School holiday extensions, along with the establishment of a Children's Day, were among the items discussed on Logan's agenda.

Next up was a tour of the district's facilities and amenities.

He was taken on tour around Puke Ariki where he was greeted by Judd and councillors, a tour around the archives, a visit to the clock tower and a trip to Brooklands Zoo to feed the animals.

Mum Shirley said Logan had his hand up all throughout the auction.

"He kept checking his bank account on his dad's phone to see if he had enough money for it," she said.

Logan is a cancer survivor and has been in remission for about three years.

He has about 400 beads of hope signifying each treatment he has received.

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