Media statement on the tragic loss of Godwell Mahowa

29 January 2021

Yesterday, we suffered a terrible loss. Godwell Mahowa, a loving husband, father, and to us our Planning Manager and friend, was taken from us suddenly and far too soon. Tragically, his car collided with a train outside Featherston while on his way to a site visit.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with Godwell&rsquo s wife, children, close family and friends at this very sad time. Our thoughts are also with the train driver, rail team and first responders who will also be affected by this tragedy.

As you can imagine, as a small and close-knit council we are all finding this news difficult to process today.

Godwell was a much-loved and respected member of the SWDC whānua. He had been part of our team since September 2019, quickly fitting in and being an inspiration to the Planning Team, who he regularly referred to as &lsquo part of my family&rsquo . Godwell&rsquo s dedication to his role and passion for what he did was clear to all who worked with him, and he will be sorely missed.

Council offices in Martinborough and all three libraries were closed today, except for urgent matters, and Featherston Library will remain closed tomorrow (Saturday).

Thank you to all those who have sent their thoughts and prayers to us and Godwell&rsquo s family. Please give them privacy at this time to allow them to grieve together.

– Harry Wilson, Chief Executive

Media contact
Amy Wharram
027 252 2863

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