Buller District Council

Media Release-Time running out for local candidates to step forward

1st August, 2019

With just a handful of nominations received for the October local council elections, Electoral Officer, John Rodger, is reminding people they only have until midday on Friday 16 August to get their nominations in.

Although there have been quite a number of candidate nomination packs have been picked up by interested people, there has been received to date:
• One (1) nomination for Mayor
• One (1) nomination to stand as Seddon ward Councillor, although there are 2 required
• Two (2) nominations to stand as Westport ward Councillor, although there are 6 required
• One (1) nomination to stand as Buller representative on the West Coast Regional Council, although there are 2 required

There has yet to be any nominations for the Inangahua ward (2 required) for the local council, for the Inangahua Community Board (4 required), or for the Development West Coast trustee.

Although there may be nominations received by the Electoral Officers for the Grey and Westland councils for the West Coast District Health Board, there has been no locals who have “put his or her hat in the ring”.

Mr Rodger says if you’re a New Zealand citizen, over 18 years of age and you’re on the electoral roll you can stand as a candidate.

“All you need is the desire to represent your community and make a difference for the Buller.”

Anyone wishing to stand as an elected member must be nominated by two people enrolled in the district or ward you intend to stand, and pay a deposit of $200 (although this is not required for the Trust election). Nominations close in just on two weeks.

Mr Rodger urges potential candidates to get their nominations in as soon as possible.

“Early nominations give us time to ensure the validity of the nomination, and that candidates have included everything on and with their form, as there is no extension.”

Meanwhile, Local Government New Zealand recently announced the launch of its Vote 2019 campaign, which aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement with their local council.

The national Vote 2019 campaign will showcase the value local government provides to communities across the country, with a strong focus on inspiring more New Zealanders to vote, and building a pool of skilled candidates to stand in their communities.

Further information on the election, the nomination process, and the electoral roll is available from the Electoral Officer at the Council’s main office, 8 Brougham Street, PO Box 21, Westport; phone 03 788 9613, fax 03 788 8041, e-mail jayar@bdc.govt.nz

Current nominations received (with the nominators in brackets):
Mayor: Jamie Cleine (John O’Connor/Bernard Menzies)
Seddon ward, Buller District Council: Rosalie Sampson (Juliette James/Peter Gibson)
Westport ward, Buller District Council: Joanne Howard (Heather Dennis/Daniel Reynolds), Phil
Rutherford (Brian Ahern/John Reedy)
Buller constituency, West Coast Regional Council: Glenn Irving (Phil Rossiter/Richard Nichol)


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