News | 26 April 2022
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Cr Rush to take medical leave

Wellington City Councillor Sean Rush will take leave from his council duties to receive medical treatment, from Friday 29 April to Friday 17 June.

Torso landscape image of Councillor Sean Rush

After a medical examination for an unrelated matter, Sean’s medical team picked up the early signs of bowel cancer in March this year.  He showed no symptoms at the time and continues to be symptom free.

“I’m very lucky.  I feel fit and well, and it’s a miracle it got picked up.

“I’m listening to the medical professionals and, on their advice, I will take time out to focus on treatment and recovery.

“I don’t always do as I’m told, but yep – this time I am, 100 percent!”, he said.

The early diagnosis means Cr Rush expects to be back at work in mid-June. During his leave, his role as Chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Committee will be filled by his deputy, Cr Jenny Condie.

Cr Rush is also vacating his appointments on external trusts and committees to focus on his treatment, including the Basin Reserve Trust, Sky Stadium Trust and Wellington Water Committee.

His replacement in these positions will be subject to a further announcement.

Mayor Andy Foster wished Cr Rush all the best for the treatment and a speedy recovery, noting that the most important thing is that he focusses on his health and family right now.

“Sean is a valued member of the Council, and we look forward to seeing him resume his rightful place around the decision-making table when he is ready.

Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says taking time off is both sensible and appropriate. “I have appreciated Sean’s input as a councillor and as a Ward colleague, however it is understandable where his focus must be at this time.

“Our thoughts are very much with him and his family as he begins treatment.

Cr Rush is thankful for the support shown by his council colleagues at this difficult time.

“I’ll knock this off and be back to finish the triennium.  In the meantime, I request privacy for me and my family so I can give this treatment its best shot.”