Tuesday, July 16, 2024

New Palmerston North Deputy Mayor to be sworn in

Te Pūao Māori ward councillor, Debi Marshall-Lobb, will be sworn in as Deputy Mayor during the first meeting of the new Palmerston North City Council tomorrow.

Cr Marshall-Lobb of Rangitāne and Ngāti Rangi was born and bred in Palmerston North and brings a wealth of experience, skills and mana to Council, said Mayor, Grant Smith.

“Debi’s appointment is a real milestone for Palmerston North, with this triennium being the first time our city has had Māori ward councillors, and the first time we have a wāhine Māori as deputy mayor. Debi is no stranger to local government, with her mother having served as councillor for our city for 6 years, in the 1980s and 1990s,” he said.

“Debi has previous leadership and governance experience having chaired the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and been principal at two high schools with boarding houses. She has a passion for education and a real commitment to bringing people together and strengthening communities. Debi is the perfect fit for a deputy mayor and I look forward to working with her.”

Cr Marshall-Lobb is also currently the Acting Head of Department of Māori at Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

Along with her skills and experience in education, Debi is fluent in all three official languages of New Zealand and has been an active member of a number of community groups over the years, the Mayor said.

She says she’s delighted and privileged to be appointed the role of Deputy Mayor.

“It’s a real honour to be appointed the role of deputy mayor and the responsibilities that come along with it. I’m looking forward to starting my new role and completing the tasks to the best of my abilities. I know my late mother, Yvonne Marshall, would be looking down and smiling as I follow in her footsteps,” she said.

Elected members will be officially sworn in tomorrow evening at 7pm in the Council Chamber.

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