The Wellington region business community will lose two key advocates when regional councillor Ian McKinnon and city
councillor Simon ‘Swampy’ Marsh step down at the local body elections, says the Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Executive John Milford says their decisions to step down after excellent service will leave a big gap in support
for business and common sense on both councils.
"It’s a real shame because if there’s one thing councils need these days it’s councillors with a feel for business and
its contribution to the region, and Ian McKinnon and Swampy Marsh showed this time and again on many issues.
"Ian, with his huge experience as an educator, always took a sensible, pragmatic approach to issues, be it on the city
council, where he served as Deputy Mayors for six years, or later as a regional councillor. The strength of the city’s
education sector would not be the same without his involvement.
"Swampy did a great job leading the city’s economic development, small business and events portfolios , leading the
formation of the five Wellington Business Improvement Districts, and championing the growth of the technology and events
"Both saw the big picture of what the region and city needed to progress, and must be congratulated on their service.
They will be hard to replace.
"Their departures reinforce the need for quality candidates with business experience to put their hands up for the
upcoming council elections.
"On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and our members, I’d like to thank both councillors for their service and wish
them well for the future."