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Macaskill monument a fitting tribute

Macaskill monument a fitting tribute


By summer a tribute to former GWRC chair Stuart Macaskill will grace the State Highway 2 lookout over the Macaskill Lakes, memorialising a man who made an outstanding contribution to the Wellington region.

Entering local government in 1971 for Upper Hutt City Council, Mr Macaskill was elected to the thennewly-formed Wellington Regional Council in 1980, serving as chairman from 1986 until his retirement in 2001.

During that time he applied his political skills towards building many of the facilities and services the region enjoys today.

These include the award-winningbulk water supply and storage lakes named after him, flood plain management and protection and chairing the Wellington Lifelines Group which sought earthquake strengthening of key infrastructure. He also convinced councillors to pledge $25 million of funding towards the development of the Westpac Stadium. He died in December 2012.

The memorial (an attractive waist high boulder-filled wall encased in steel mesh) will be located next to the curving path to the Macaskill Lakes Lookout where it will complement the memorial to Keith Spry, MBE, who made a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the region’s parks and natural resources.