Campaigning for the local government elections started in earnest after nominations closed last month.
Several councillors and one local board member have been re-elected unopposed, after no new candidates stepped up to challenge them. Auckland Council’s Rodney Councillor Greg Sayers and Local Board member for Wellsford Colin Smith both retain their roles, while Kaipara Councillor Penny Smart stays unchallenged in her Northland Regional Council seat. On Kaipara District Council, Councillors Jonathan Larsen and Peter Wethey have both been returned unopposed for the new Kaiwaka-Mangawhai ward.
There are five candidates vying for three seats in the Warkworth subdivision of Rodney Local Board – Steven Garner (Independent); Tim Holdgate (Independent); Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney First, and current board chair); Paul Manton (Rodney First); and Ayla Walker (Rodney First).
Five candidates are vying for two vacancies in the Otamatea ward of Kaipara District Council – Anna Curnow, Craig Jepson, Wayne Linton, Ian Miller and Mark Vincent.
Meanwhile, in the mayoral races, there are 21 candidates seeking election to lead Auckland. Front-runners Phil Goff and John Tamihere are being challenged by a host of contenders, including Craig Lord. In Kaipara, incumbent Jason Smith is up against Moemoea Mohoawhenua.
There are also 23 candidates standing for the Waitemata District Health Board and 20 are vying for seven seats on the Northland District Health Board.
Voting opens on Friday, September 20 and the last day to post voting papers is Tuesday, October 8.
The polls close at 12 noon on Saturday, October 12.
– More information on candidates and their views on key local issues will be published in our next issue, September 18.