New councillor to take oath

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Newly-elected Corriedale ward councillor, Guy Percival, is pleased to have been part of a democratic election process and sees the result as a sign of confidence from the community.

Mr Percival is being officially sworn in as a Waitaki District Council councillor this morning after winning the Corriedale Ward by-election by nearly 880 votes from the only other candidate, Jock Howie. Mr Percival received 1063 votes from a total 1254 voting papers returned.

He said it was great to be elected and is now looking forward to being part of council decision-making.

“It will be a huge learning curve,” he said.

“I’ve always been part of politics through business and farming and I’m going into council with a balanced, good group of people so I’m looking forward to it.”

The Fuchsia Creek farmer is pleased that the Corriedale ward finally has two representatives around the council table after two previous councillors have had to vacate the position.

Currently a director of two companies, Mr Percival said he had his own business from a young age and had to solve his own problems, something he sees as a professional strength going into the role.

“There is no point going through life and everyone solves your problems and you come out the magician,” he said.

“However when I’ve had help I’ve always listened and absorbed it.”

Corporate farmer, Craigmore Farming, have invested heavily in dairy farming infrastructure on their properties in the Corriedale ward. The company recently purchased over 1700ha in the Enfield/Ngapara districts which they are developing and in July had plans to milk close to 6000 cows this season. As a director in the family business run by his son, Sam Percival Contracting, Mr Percival said he was part of the development going on in the ward and said its been great for the area.

“I encourage the district to move forward,” he said.

By LINDA MCCARTHY