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Published: 2004-02-03 00:00:00

Environment Waikato Chairman Neil Clarke will stand down from the Council at the local government elections in October after 15 years in office.

Mr Clarke was elected to Environment Waikato at its formation in 1989, representing Hauraki and Matamata Piako constituencies.

He was elected Chairman of the Land Transport and Corporate Services Committees and was later elected Deputy Chairman. At his retirement he will have spent nine years as Chairman. He is also Chairman of the Regional Affairs Committee – a group of Chairs of regional councils and unitary authorities – and is on the New Zealand Council for Local Government. He has also been Chairman of Trust Waikato and will not be seeking reappointment when the role is renewed in the middle of this year.

Mr Clarke said he was leaving the Council in good heart and satisfied that it was meeting the requirements of Central Government and its communities.

“I am very pleased with the team approach that exists within the Council and am confident that this will continue.”

Mr Clarke said he and his wife Carlene intend to live in the Bay of Plenty in his retirement and “developing new interests” as well as spending more time with family and friends. He thanked the many people and organisations which had supported him during his term on the Council.

His retirement will leave a vacancy on the Council for the Hauraki constituency.