Deputy Returned to Role

Three term councillor, Michael Malthus, has been returned to the role of Deputy Mayor of the Hurunui District.

Michael Malthus represents the Hanmer Springs Ward, and held the post as deputy with the previous council.

He enjoys representing Hanmer and the wider community and “sees the current term as equally challenging but rewarding”,

Michael Malthus has devoted more than fifteen years to civic leadership in the district, sitting on the Community Board for two terms, the last as Chair, before being elected to the Hurunui District Council for the first time in 2004.

Michael and his family have lived in Hanmer Springs for close on two decades, moving there in 1992, when he bought Braemar Lodge, which was run for conferences and international visitors. He later moved into the village, leasing the Drifters Inn motel.

He and wife Jane, had previously established the Okuku Country Lodge specialising in weddings and functions.

Michael trained as an Air Traffic Controller, and before moving into hospitality, was the Controller of Air Traffic Services for the South Island under the Airways Corporation.

He was raised on a farm with his parents and two brothers in Hawarden and went to school at St Andrews College.

Michael is a founding trustee of the Queen Mary Reserve Trust and Heritage Forest Trust and he and his wife retain a number of business interests in Hanmer Springs.

For further information contact:

Lauren McKenzie

Communications Advisor

Hurunui District Council

03 314 0024