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Former Chairman remembered

Tuesday, 1 February 2011 4:30 p.m.

Bill Tait, Bay of Plenty Regional Council's first chairman, passed away on Monday. He was in his 79th year.

Mr Tait was Chairman of the regional council from 1989 to 1995. Prior to this he was Chairman of the Catchment Commission - one of the organisations that was merged to form the regional council. He was also Chair of the Transitional Committee which was formed to oversee the merger.

Current Regional Council Chairman John Cronin said Mr Tait brought a wealth of knowledge to the regional council.

"His many years of local body experience were invaluable in the regional council's early days," Mr Cronin said.

"Bill set the council on a solid path for its future and built the foundations so it was able to become the organisation it is today."

Mr Tait served two terms as Chairman, finishing his service in October 1995. In 1996 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Bill's wife Elizabeth passed away last year and he is survived by Janet, Peter and Jenny, Debbie, and Helen and John.

His funeral will be held on Friday in Whakatāne.

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