Rick Barker steps in as acting Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chair
Following longstanding Hawke's Bay Regional Council chairman Rex Graham's shock resignation, Deputy Chair Rick Barker has stepped into the role.
Earlier today, Mr Graham announced he would be stepping down as chair and councillor due to the return of his cancer.
In a statement this evening, the HBRC said it has been determined that Mr Graham's resignation takes effect from today meaning Mr Barker will be acting chair from tomorrow morning.
"The Local Government Act empowers Rick to hold all the powers and undertake all the duties of the chair once it becomes vacant until the next meeting of Council on 30 June when the replacement chair must be elected."