Alec Neill replaces Sir Kerry

Sir Kerry Burke who was ousted as chairman of ECan this morning.
Sir Kerry Burke who was ousted as chairman of ECan this morning.

Sir Kerry Burke's five-year reign as Environment Canterbury (ECan) chairman is over.

Burke has just been toppled in a council chamber coup led by South Canterbury councillors Mark Oldfield and Bronwen Murray.  

Councillors voted 8-6 to oust Burke in a no-confidence motion.  

Alec Neill has been voted in as the new chairman of ECan.
Alec Neill has been voted in as the new chairman of ECan.

Alec Neill has been voted in as the new chairman, 8-6 with Jo Kane retained as deputy.

The vote of no-confidence had its origins in last month's meeting in Timaru.