In-progress results announced on Saturday, 8 October, indicate that the highest polling candidates in the election of Napier City Council for 2016-19 are as follows:
In alphabetical order, the six highest polling candidates for At Large are Claire Hague, Tony Jeffrey, Richard McGrath, Keith Price, Faye White and Kirsten Wise, the highest polling candidate for Ahuriri Ward is Larry Dallimore, the two highest polling candidates for Nelson Park Ward are Maxine Boag and Api Tapine and the two highest polling candidates for Taradale Ward are Graeme Taylor and Tania Wright.
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Mayor Bill Dalton and Cr Annette Brosnan were elected unopposed when nominations closed on 12 August 2016.
Maxine Boag (Nelson Park Ward) has served three terms on Council. She has chaired the Community Development committee and Keep Napier Beautiful, been involved with many projects, including community gardens, playgrounds and the inaugural Seawalls: Murals for Oceans. She is an advocate for the elderly and other vulnerable citizens.
Larry Dallimore (Ahuriri Ward) has lived in Westshore for 38 years. He has had various business interests, including a heavy haulage and bulk earthworks business, a motorcycle franchise, service station, outdoor leisure attraction, rest homes and motels. He is currently on the Westshore Residents Association committee.
Former Napier Girls’ High School principal and EIT deputy CEO Claire Hague (At Large) has been on various local and national educational, community and business focused boards. She wants to balance careful stewardship of ratepayers’ money with ensuring the Council continues to invest in a vision for Napier’s future.
CBD retailer Tony Jeffery (At Large) has already served five terms on Council. A nationally accredited Resource Management Act commissioner, he was behind Napier’s first security patrols. He has chaired the tenders, resource consent hearings, district plan and arts advisory committees. He has also represented Napier on the regional coastal strategy and urban growth committees.
Richard McGrath (At Large) has served two years on Council. An advocate of shared services, he thinks his previous years’ service with St John Ambulance and NZBS (Blood Donors) has helped him as a council representative on the Positive Aging Trust, Napier Health Services Advocacy Forum and Civic Awards committee.
Former policeman and semi-retired businessman Keith Price (At Large) has already served three terms as a councillor. He has chaired the Napier and Marine Parade Development committees, been Council’s representative on the Art Deco Trust and Hawke’s Bay Sports Council, and has worked with a diverse range of community, cultural and sports groups.
Api Tapine (Nelson Park Ward) has been EIT Maraenui Learning Centre Learning Coordinator for the past three years. Of Ngati Kahungunu descent, he has been chairman of his marae, has served voluntarily on numerous local charitable trusts, and has been a small business owner. Education, employment, small business, community safety, family-friendly facilities and engaging youth are issues important to him.
Graeme Taylor’s (Taradale Ward) focus is family, safe communities, accessibility for all and innovation. During his first term he was deputy chair of the finance committee. As a nationally accredited Resource Management Act Commissioner he also sat on the Council’s Hearing Committee, and represented Council on the Audit and Risk and HB Crematorium committees, and the Destination Playground steering committee. A former teacher, police officer, professional rugby coach and CEO of Sport and Recreation Wanganui and the Halberg Trust, he is presently General Manager of the Napier District Masonic Trust and NZ Aged Care Association HB Branch chairman.
Faye White (At Large) has been a councillor for five terms and Deputy Mayor. She wants to be part of a pro-active council which provides and maintains its infrastructure, and adapts to change, whether it be technology, an ageing population, employment opportunities or climate change. She has chaired various committees and been Council’s representative on the Ahuriri and Napier Business Associations. She has coordinated the 1931 Earthquake Survivors’ annual afternoon tea, and supported Napier’s flashing speed signs outside schools.
Kirsten Wise (At Large) has served one term as a Taradale Ward councillor, chairing the Finance committee, been an Audit and Risk committee member, represented Council on several community boards, and as an Accredited Hearings Commissioner, also sat on Council’s Hearings committee. An accountant by trade, she is pleased to have been part of a council initiating several exciting new projects, and is committed to ensuring the ongoing financial sustainability and economic growth of Napier in future.
Tania Wright (Taradale Ward) has 12 years’ experience in local government and has lived in Taradale for more than 30 years. Since stepping down at the 2013 election, her roles have included being Vice Chair of the Taradale Marketing Association, chairing Creative Arts Napier, and serving as a Justice of the Peace. She currently works in the office of Stuart Nash, MP for Napier.
During her first term on Council Annette Brosnan (Onekawa/Tamatea Ward) has supported development in Pirimai and Tamatea Parks, cycleways, green belt and environmental improvements. She has held various local and central government roles, has been Deputy Chair of the council’s grants allocation and regulatory committees, and represented Napier on the Neighbourhood Support, Holt Planetarium and Historic Places committees. As a nationally accredited Resource Management Act commissioner, she has also served on Council’s hearings committee.
Mayor Bill Dalton served two terms as a councillor before being elected Mayor in the previous election. He says hard work has ensured Napier’s financial position remains strong, with some of the lowest rates in the country, while Council’s infrastructure programme has focused on ongoing stormwater and roading upgrades. He is proud of the council’s selection as a Foundation Council for the Local Government Excellence Programme.
Mayor Dalton has indicated that he does not intend to run again.
Looking likely to be farewelled from Napier City Council, based on in-progress votes are:
Alexander Construction managing director Mark Hamilton (Nelson Park Ward) who has served one term as a councillor. Over the past three years he has been deputy chair of the City Services committee, sat on the joint Napier-Hastings councils’ Waste Futures project steering committee, Regional Cycling Governance and Maraenui Social Housing groups, and Rotary Pathways Trust.
Mark Herbert (Ahuriri Ward) has served six terms on Council. During his time he has been involved with various committees and projects, including the Marine Parade development committee, fundraising for the newest stand at McLean Park, Paxie’s Lane, Prebensen Drive extension, MTG Hawke’s Bay and Ocean Spa.
Two-term councillor Michelle Pyke (At Large) took a lead role in the community voluntary sector. Council roles have included chairing the regulatory committee and being a member of the joint Napier-Hastings councils’ Waste Futures project steering committee.
Please note that the progress results do not include voting papers returned today and some special votes. The outcome of these elections may change once all voting papers have been counted.
The preliminary results published on Sunday 9 October 2016 will include votes received today. The final official results, once all special votes have been counted, will be released on Thursday 13th October.
12 May 2017
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