Elec­tion likely to bring new faces

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

There could be as many as four new faces around the Porirua City Coun­cil ta­ble af­ter the up­com­ing lo­cal body elec­tions.

Kapi-Mana News asked the sit­ting coun­cil­lors whether they would be re­turn­ing and all ex­cept Sue Dow, Wayne Poutoa, deputy mayor Liz Kelly and Rob Rangi con­firmed they hoped to.

Mr Rangi is now liv­ing in Up­per Hutt, and said he might stand for the coun­cil there.

Ms Dow said she was un­de­cided. Nom­i­na­tions close on Au­gust 16 and she said she would make a de­ci­sion in the com­ing weeks.

Ms Kelly said she had changed her mind sev­eral times about whether to seek re-elec­tion and that it was still too early to make a de­ci­sion. Her clashes with mayor Nick Leggett and other col­leagues this term had led to a re­think about whether she wished to be in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics.

‘‘I’m not rul­ing any­thing in or out at the mo­ment,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m con­cen­trat­ing on do­ing my job as deputy mayor to the best of my abil­ity. When the time is right, I’ll make some de­ci­sions.’’

Ms Kelly would not be drawn on strong ru­mours that she would be stand­ing in the Eastern ward, rather than Western.

Mr Poutoa said he needed to weigh up his civic du­ties with a de­sire to spend more time with his fam­ily.

Mayor Nick Leggett made it clear some time ago he would seek an­other term and faces at least two chal­lengers – Yvonne Car­roll and Brian Collins.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas said he de­cided only last week to put his name in for a Western ward seat af­ter get­ting a clean bill of health fol­low­ing back surgery.

He and Ana Cof­fey would be favoured to re­tain their Western ward seats, but could face strong chal­lenges from for­mer coun­cil­lor Henry Smith and Ms Kelly.

Porirua City Coun­cil will be re­duced from 13 to 10 coun­cil­lors this elec­tion, with each of the three wards los­ing one seat.

The vot­ing sys­tem is sin­gle trans­fer­able vote, in which vot­ers rank can­di­dates. The elec­tion will be car­ried out by postal vote, with forms sent out in Septem­ber.

The mayor and coun­cil­lors will be de­clared by the coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive on Oc­to­ber 12.

You should have been sent an en­rol­ment pack to en­sure you are cor­rectly en­rolled. If you have not re­ceived one or if you have just turned 18 or re­cently moved house, go to elec­tions.org.nz for de­tails.

Porirua City Coun­cil will be host­ing an in­for­ma­tion evening for prospec­tive may­oral and coun­cil can­di­dates in the theatrette at Te Rau­paraha Arena on July 28 from 7pm.

Kapi-Mana News will be run­ning our reg­u­lar Coun­cil­lor Re­port in next week’s edi­tion. A panel of eight peo­ple from var­i­ous sec­tors of the com­mu­nity will as­sess the per­for­mances of the mayor and coun­cil­lors over the past three years. Not stand­ing: Rob Rangi is the only city coun­cil­lor so far to con­firm he won’t be stand­ing.

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