Date: 27 August 2019
Commissioners Janie Annear and Brendan Duffy and the staff of the Local Government Commission note with sadness the passing of Commission Chair Pita Paraone on 26 August.
Pita Paraone became Chair of the Local Government Commission on 1 November 2018. Although Pita had been on the Commission a relatively short time the Commission had been busy during that period. It reviewed representation arrangements for 35 councils and had several reorganisation proposals under consideration relating to the Western Bay of Plenty, Horowhenua and Golden Bay.
Janie and Brendan appreciated Pita’s calm style of leadership and the insight about Te Ao Māori he brought to the Commission’s work.