Council strengthens International ties with United States

Monday 31 October 2011, 7:10PM
By Waitaki District Council

Council takes great pleasure in welcoming Mr Eric Johnson City Administrator City of Blue Springs, Missouri to the District this week. Mr Johnson is visiting the Waitaki District and New Zealand from 31 October to 12 November as part of an international local government management exchange programme with Strategy Group Manager, Richard Mabon.

The exchange programme aims to strengthen local government practice through professional development, exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas. Mr. Mabon was hosted by Mr Johnson last year where one of the many highlights was a civic proclamation from Mayor Carson Ross. In return, Waitaki District Council intends to hold a civic welcome and presentation of Honorary Citizenship to Mr. Johnson. Mayor Familton explained;

Councillors and I take great pleasure and pride in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Johnson. We are confident his visit will provide a valuable learning opportunity for both Waitaki and Blue Springs. Mr. Johnson will also have the opportunity to enjoy the culture and heritage of the District and the warmth and hospitality of the community.