Cr Bill Cashmore with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
Rural representation on Auckland Council could be strengthened, after Franklin Councillor Bill Cashmore was appointed Deputy Mayor last month.
Cr Cashmore farms at Orere Point in South Auckland and is a former Federated Farmers executive and a National Party member. He was elected to the Franklin Ward unopposed.
Cr Cashmore has been an advocate for reducing the rates differential paid by farmers and was in Warkworth last year consulting on the proposal.
Mayor Phil Goff has also announced a new committee structure, reducing the number of committees of the whole Governing Body from four to three, with six sub-committees.
Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers is a member of the Strategic Procurement, Audit and Risk sub committees, the Rural Advisory Panel, the Kaipara Harbour Joint Political Committee and the Kaipara-Moana Working Party.