South Wairarapa District Council Mayor to take leave of absence

At an extraordinary Council meeting held today, 28 February, Council approved a request from Mayor Martin Connelly for a two-month leave of absence, effective 4 March, to allow him to focus on wellbeing issues. 

The process for requesting and granting of leave was outlined by the Chief Executive in her covering report, which was received by Councillors. 

Councillors have considered the Mayor’s request and have unanimously agreed to the two-month absence. In line with legislative protocols Deputy Mayor Melissa Sadler-Futter will assume full delegation and therefore act as Mayor for the duration of Mr Connelly’s absence. It is important to note that, during this time, his relationship to the community as Mayor will be suspended with Mrs Sadler-Futter representing Council fully in that regard. 

Councillors wish Mr Connelly a restful break as he focuses on his wellbeing. 

Any questions or queries should be directed to Mrs Sadler-Futter. 



Melissa Sadler-Futter

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