Ward bat­tles across city for seats

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Fa­mil­iar faces joined the new when nom­i­na­tions closed for Porirua City Coun­cil’s lo­cal body elec­tions on Fri­day.

All told, six peo­ple will con­test the may­oralty, pro­vid­ing a real chal­lenge to fron­trun­ner Euon Mur­rell.

For two coun­cil seats in the western part of Porirua, in­cum­bent ‘Ana Cof­fey, who was deputy mayor this term, will be favoured to re­tain her seat, but Ken Dou­glas’ re­place­ment could come from eight can­di­dates.

For­mer coun­cil­lor Henry Smith is back for an­other go in the west, as is peren­nial chal­lenger Graeme Eb­bett.

The usual log­jam in the East­ern ward has come to fruition, with 14 names to go on the bal­lot for four seats. In­cum­bents Izzy Ford, Denys Latham and John Burke will be up against the likes of Wil­lie Tau­rima, for­mer coun­cil­lor Faafoi Seiuli and Paula MacEwan.

In the North­ern ward, 13 peo­ple are up for four seats. With Tim Shep­pard and Bron­wyn Kropp re­tir­ing, and Euon Mur­rell go­ing all in for the may­oralty, in­cum­bent Anita Baker - if she was to re­tain her seat - will have three new North­ern ward col­leagues.

Out­spo­ken coun­cil crit­ics Brian Collins and An­drew Wel­lum have put their hands up, as has Nick Leggett’s fa­ther Ross, for­mer Otoro­hanga mayor Dale Wil­liams and for­mer chief om­buds­man Bev­er­ley Wakem.

There will not need to be an elec­tion for Tawa Com­mu­nity Board.

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