Former Opotiki Mayor passes

The Opotiki community is paying remembrance to former long-standing mayor Don Riesterer following the sad news of his passing.

A statement released by Council yesterday said everyone was deeply saddened on Wednesday when they learned of Mr Riesterer's passing, who was the Mayor of Ōpōtiki from 1989 to 2001.

He was a Zone 2 representative, Chair of the Nga Matakokiri Committee and Chair of the Rural Sector.

Mayor John Forbes says Mr Riesterer also played a integral role in local government roles across the country.

Sam Gardner