Twenty-one candidates are vying for 12 spots on the Napier City Council, while four are in the running to be Mayor.
The nominations for Napier Mayor are: second term councillor Kirsten Wise, Chris Tremain, Napier MP between 2005 and 2014, retailer David Hannay, and local motelier and former Manawatu district councillor Steve Gibson, who is also standing in the Onekawa-Tamatea ward.
Incumbent Mayor Bill Dalton is still recovering following a stroke in April, but had already indicated he would not run again prior to becoming ill.
After six terms as a Councillor, and filling the role of Acting Mayor since April, Faye White has decided to call it a day. Councillor Tony Jeffery, son of former Napier Mayor the late Clyde Jeffery, has also served six terms and has decided to retire from Council.
Larry Dallimore and Claire Hague, both first term councillors, decided not to stand again.
From this election Napier City Council is returning to a ward only system, replacing the mixed ward and at large system that had been in place since 2007. The city is divided into four wards: Ahuriri and Onekawa-Tamatea will be represented by two councillors each, while Nelson Park and Taradale both have four.
Standing for election as councillors are:
Ahuriri ward (two vacancies) – Matthew Bonnett, Hayley Browne (nee Young), James Crow, Craig Morley, Keith Price
Onekawa-Tamatea (two vacancies) – Annette Brosnan, Steve Gibson, Richard McGrath
Nelson Park (four vacancies) – Maxine Boag, Sally Crown, Will Jenkins, Greg ‘Grego’ Mawson, Chris Stewart, Apiata (Api) Tapine
Taradale (four vacancies) – Jake Brookie, Ronda Chrystal, Catherine Hawkins, Nigel Simpson, Graeme Taylor, Gary Wise, Tania Wright.
Voting papers for the local elections will be delivered to households between 20 and 25 September. Voting papers must be returned by midday, Saturday 12 October. The candidate list and other election information can be viewed on the NCC website.
19 August 2019
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