Tribute to Graeme Weld, Mayor of Bay of Plenty District
President of Local Government New Zealand Lawrence Yule paid tribute today to the Mayor of Western Bay of Plenty District, Graeme Weld, who passed away on
Saturday 15 November.
“Graeme has spent nineteen years involved with local government and making a difference to his community. During that
time two of his greatest achievements were championing causes on behalf of small rural communities and working with
other local councils on solutions for the Bay of Plenty region.
“Graeme was one of the leaders of the Smartgrowth project, a joint development between Tauranga City Council,
Environment Bay of Plenty and the Western Bay of Plenty District to plan and manage the high growth in the region. This
initiative is now being used as an example for other councils to follow.
“Graeme joined the Western Bay of Plenty District Council as councillor for Te Puke ward in 1989. Following three terms
as ward councillor, he was appointed Deputy Mayor in his fourth term in 1998. Graeme was elected Mayor of the Western
Bay of Plenty District Council in 2001 and was in his
third term as Mayor.
“Graeme was also involved in local government at a regional and national level. From 2004-2007 he was our Zone 2
representative on National
Council. During this time he led the advocacy and policy development on transport issues for Local Government New Zealand with central
“We will miss Graeme’s dedication to local democracy, his humour and his stories. We send our condolences to Graeme’s
wife Susan, his four children and grandchildren. Our thoughts are also with Deputy Mayor, Ross Paterson, who has been
acting Mayor since early October, his council
and the Western Bay of Plenty community”, said Mr Yule.