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Published: 2016-11-21 09:00:00

With the passing of Lois Livingston, Waikato Regional Council and the wider community have lost a very passionate and committed long-standing councillor, says council chairman Alan Livingston.

Lois Livingston had been a regional councillor for 21 years since 1991 (except for 2007-10) and had held a variety of senior roles, including chair of the environment and public transport committees. She also chaired policy and plan changes, and resource consent hearings.

“Councillors and staff have been deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lois after ongoing health issues,” Mr Livingston said.

“The chief executive and I have visited the family today to extend our heartfelt sympathies.

“Lois was a great person to work with and a very committed and effective councillor.

“She was consistently a strong advocate for the Waikato River and an expansion of public transport in particular, and held a passion for the arts and heritage in the city.

“She had been very keen to carry on in her council role despite her health issues in recent years. She’ll be sorely missed by all of us.”

The council is now investigating requirements for the by-election for Lois Livingston’s Hamilton constituency seat.

“We will let the community know what the arrangements are in due course,” said chief executive Vaughan Payne.