Ward battles across city for seats
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.