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Ross Dunlop, mayor of South Taranaki, announces that he will not be presented for re-election


After spending more than half of his life on the board, the mayor of South Taranaki has resigned.

Ross Dunlop, 64, announced Wednesday that he would not represent a fifth president as mayor in the local elections in October.

After 33 years, 21 as a councilor and the last twelve years as mayor, he thought it was time to leave.

In 1989, when he was elected for the first time, his children were 2, 4 and 7 years old. Now he has grandchildren of the same ages.

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"My family only knows me as mayor and councilor," he said.

"It has been an absolute privilege to have represented my community.

"I have enjoyed immense time as a mayor and working with all the members of our fantastic district. I learned a lot from people and I really value the relationships that I have built during this time."

One of his most proud achievements was to direct a team of councilors who worked very well together, he said.

"We have robust discussions, make decisions and move forward without the posture and politics that you see in so many other tips.

"Of course, we do not agree on everything, but having a cohesive advice is really important because if you do not get the government, the entire council and the community are disorganized."

The most prominent aspects of his career included some of the iwi settlements, opening the center of sports and Hub events, watching the update of the Norman State Highway 3 completed and campaigning with other people to change the boundaries of the TSB community to include Pātea.

The development of city center projects and the network of footbridges around the district were another of whose achievements was proud, he said.

His step as mayor was largely unlit, but last year Dunlop was involved in a controversy little characteristic when it was revealed that he was a parade judge at the A & P fair he had awarded second place to a float with people in black.

Later, he apologized for the significant uncertainty and recognized that he had "fixed" and learned from the experience.

Dunlop said that he informed the board, the staff and the iwi, at the beginning of this week, of his decision to set aside.

"Around the building I have had a few people who say it is not accepted, which is nice."

The former Parliamentary deputy of the Parliament, Chester Borrows, who has met Dunlop for decades, said he was a very inclusive mayor who always made sure he did it with everyone.

"When I was with him, I was always amazed at the depth of the knowledge he had of the people in the room, his background, his family, where they lived and where they worked, and sometimes they returned two or three generations

"It seems that it goes through the entire district to functions that are large and small, and shows people who are important, regardless of whether they are someone of large companies or someone who makes a peaceful contribution to their community ", he said.

As a councilor, Dunlop was known to be prudent and reluctant to spend the money from the board in projects, he said.

"Once he became mayor, he changed his attack and saw that it was no longer his role and his role was to sell the great projects for the community and he did it really well."

Dunlop's wife, Jan had always been very favorable, said Borrows.

"We really had a team and were involved in everything. It appeared and brought a dinner or help dish, and it also has a good political nose, we were the beneficiaries of a very good association there."

There is already a name in the ring for the mayor's work before the nominations that will open in July.

In March, retailer Craig Baylis, owner of a business and property in Hāwera with his wife, Jo, announced his intention to represent the work of the mayor.

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