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It's all over: Bluff Community Board chairwoman Jan Mitchell.
Photo: LOUISE BERWICK 628250000
FROM THE FRONT PAGE
Meet Jan Mitchell
What: Bluff Community Board chairwoman stepping down
How long: 15 years on the board and six as chairwoman.
What is she looking forward to now: The arrival of a grandchild. ''I'm very
much looking forward to pushing a pram.''
Final thoughts on local political career: ''I would never, in a month of
Sundays, thought I would of been involved in what I have been involved
in the years.''
It was a simple choice.
Luxing and dusting or
getting involved in the
Jan Mitchell chose the latter
but now, after 15 years, she is
leaving local politics behind.
The Bluff Community Board
chairwoman for the past six years
has announced she will not be
seeking re-election in October and
will attend her last meeting next
The meeting will mark the end of
a chapter which has spanned 15
years and tens of thousands of
hours. It's a role which has seen
her set up committees and ensure
the preservation of Bluff's history
and hit national headlines with
board disputes and controversies.
She's clear she doesn't want to
dwell on the past, the controversy
that has shrouded the board, or
the court case earlier this year
which saw her take a defamation
case out against John Edminstin.
But it's hard to ignore the
rollercoaster ride the board has
been on as personalities clashed,
tempers flared and meetings
''That's in the past; I don't want to
talk about that,'' she said.
''Sadly, the chairman can be
tarred with the same brush.''
She's adamant, though, that the
board can and will move on but
she won't be a part of that process.
Her retirement ties in with much
more important issues in her life
--- a grandchild on the way.
Piles of knitting have already
been produced in anticipation for
its arrival, though whether it is a
granddaughter or a grandson is
yet to be revealed.
''I'm very much looking forward
to pushing a pram.''
It was family which spurred on
her political career because the
first committee she ever joined
was the local Plunket group.
She moved to Bluff from
Invercargill to marry her
husband 32 years ago and set
about establishing her new
married life in the town.
''Love the man, learn to love the
town,'' she said.
''My husband said, 'well, you're
now in the town. You can stand
behind the fence and lux and dust
and weed the ground or go out
and make a difference in the
That was just the start of a
lengthy time spent on Scout
groups, school committees and
But it wasn't until the mother-of-
two's children were older that she
decided to take on what she calls
the ''beast'' that is local body
She never envisioned that she
would be on the community
board, let alone chairwoman.
But she doesn't regret it, despite
the darker times in the past term.
There's little talk of the emotional
toll it has taken, though she
concedes that sometimes she
comes home from meetings in
think about things.
''Local body politics is an
interesting beast,'' she said.
''You never know what is coming
round the corner but you always
work through it.''
She's philosophical about the past
15 years. The highlights have
been lengthy and there are lists of
things she has been involved in
and the negatives are few and far
between, she said.
Her first three years on the board
were a learning curve because it
takes that long to learn how
things work, she said.
But she got into the rhythm of the
board, studied agendas, read
reports, researched council
documents. It's been a time-
consuming but worthwhile cause,
Mrs Mitchell said.
But the agendas are going to be
swapped for gardening gloves and
the reports for a pram and she
couldn't be happier about it.
The thing she will miss is the
people but you get the feeling
she's still going to be a familiar
face around Bluff. She certainly is
not planning on going anywhere.
She's just leaving the politics
''I would never, in a month of
Sundays, thought I would of been
involved in what I have been
involved in the years.''
The city council's representative
on the Bluff Community Board,
Graham Lewis, said Mrs Mitchell
was extremely knowledgeable and
had taken a ''steady as it goes
approach''. While it was sad to see
her leave, she had had to cope
with a lot of controversy in the
past three years but had handled
it well, he said.
Mrs Mitchell appreciates the
praise and would always be
grateful for some advice she got
from Invercargill mayor Tim
''One of my first phone calls was
from Mayor Tim.
''His words of advice was to get
standing orders and study it, and
study it again.''
Those standing orders have
certainly come in handy.
They're a set of rules that you get
the feeling she will be happy to
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