Councillor Rick Barker has been elected to the position of chair at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
“I came to the Regional Council to bring about positive reforms in the economy and environment of Hawke’s Bay, and I’ll continue to give my strong commitment to the role of chair,” said Cr Barker.
Regional Council chief executive, James Palmer said Cr Barker had deep experience in representing residents and ratepayers of Hawke’s Bay.
“While sorry to see former chair Rex Graham step down, we welcome councillor Barker’s chairmanship, which comes at a time of active government policy change and reform,” said Mr Palmer.
Councillor Barker was first elected to the Regional Council in 2013, representing the Hastings constituency. He has held the position of Deputy Chair since 2016.
Former Councillor Rex Graham’s resignation has triggered a Regional Council by-election for the Hastings seat he vacated. The Regional Council’s by-election process is calling for nominations until 15 July. If required, a postal vote will take place between 19 August and 10 September 2021.