The last official day in office for the old councilors and CB members was yesterday, while the newly elected members get sworn into office at a ceremony at Southwards in the evening of 31 October.  The next 10 days are something of an interregnum which is being occupied with a series of seminars and presentations.

The first meeting of the new Waikanae Community Board takes place in the evening of Tuesday 19 November.  The new board’s wish list includes the things mentioned during the campaign, but at the top of the priorities will be inclusion of a new permanent library building in 2021’s Long Term Plan and a revitalised town centre. As well as the three permanently vacant shops, there are at present another 4 vacant shops along the south side of Mahara Place, sure to be a result of the reduced foot traffic.