Long serving Taranaki Regional Council boss Basil Chamberlain to step down


Long serving Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain is to retire after 40 years on the council.

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Long serving Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain is to retire after 40 years on the council.

One of New Zealand’s longest serving local government managers will step down after 40 years serving the Taranaki community.

Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain will retire when his current five year contract ends in mid 2020.

TRC chairman David MacLeod said Chamberlain had told regional councillors early in the New Year it was the right time for the change.

Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain lending a hand at riparian planting on a dairy farm

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Taranaki Regional Council chief executive Basil Chamberlain lending a hand at riparian planting on a dairy farm

“Basil has acknowledged the trust and generous support that he has received from the Council and many people in the region over the years,” MacLeod said in an emailed release.

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Chamberlain served the Taranaki community for 40 years, including 31 years as TRC chief executive.

“He has provided intelligent and strong, pragmatic leadership throughout, and has been forthright in advocating for what’s right for Taranaki,” MacLeod said.

“He has consistently focused on the TRC successfully delivering professional services that make a real difference to the region.”

Chamberlain said the wider community deserves the credit for much of the good progress achieved over the years.

Thousands of farmers had voluntarily fenced and planted ring-plain waterways, leading to verified improvements in freshwater quality, he said.

TRC’s role had been to facilitate and encourage such efforts and also to firmly ensure compliance with measures required to protect the environment, he said.

TRC had begun a recruitment process to find a replacement chief executive.