30 Nov 2023

Northland regional council votes in new chair

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 30 November 2023

Northland Regional council's new chair has described a move to take over the executive as a way to protect farmers.

A tense, roughly two-hour council meeting on Tuesday saw councillor Geoff Crawford ascend to chair while Tui Shortland, who resigned as the council chair last week, has taken deputy.

The 5-4 vote also saw dissenting councillors stripped of a raft of council and inter-council committees on which they previously had leading roles.

Chair Geoff Crawford spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.