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Published: 2006-11-27 00:00:00

Cambridge dairy farmer John Fisher was officially appointed as Waikato Regional Council’s Waipa Constituency member at an extraordinary meeting in Hamilton today.

Mr Fisher declared he would faithfully and impartially, according to the best of his skill and judgment, execute and perform his duties in the best interests of the Waikato region, during a short ceremony this morning.

Speaking after the meeting, the former Waikato Federated Farmers president said he was excited about his new role.

“Over the past few years I have developed a keen interest in Environment Waikato’s activities through my involvement in the Regional Land Transport Committee and the Middle Waikato Liaison Sub-Committee and I look forward to continuing the good work that was being achieved by my predecessor, Barry O’Connor,” he said.

“I would like to acknowledge Barry’s outstanding contribution to the region and I will relish the challenges ahead.”

Environment Waikato’s Waipa constituency seat became vacant in June, when former council deputy chair Barry O’Connor stepped down due to ill health. Mr O’Connor, who had served on the council since 2001, died on July 17.

Mr Fisher was declared the winner of a by-election held to contest the seat on October 20, ahead of fellow candidates Fiona Judd, Juliet Macdonald, Ashley Reid and James Parlane.

He was today appointed as a voting member to the Catchment Services, Policy and Strategy and Regulatory committees, and to the Wapia Catchment Liaison and Waikato South Drainage Advisory subcommittees.

Environment Waikato chairman Jenni Vernon said she was delighted to welcome Mr Fisher to council.