Meet the Tawa community candidates
A by-election for the Tawa Community Board is looming if newly appointed board member Jill Day wins a seat as councillor for the Northern Ward.
Jill Day is one of six candidates who have been elected unopposed to the Tawa Community Board.
Two people are stepping down from the board and Robyn Parkinson joins Jill Day to fill the vacant positions.
Chairman and 21-year board veteran Robert Tredger is stepping down from his position along with Alistair Sutton.
Deputy chairwoman Margaret Lucas and board members Graeme Hansen, Richard Herbert and Jack Marshall will retain their seats.
However if Day is elected as a councillor she will be unable to keep her Tawa seat, meaning one position will be vacant and a byelection will be needed.
Tredger said the board would welcome a by-election as it would give the community a chance to get to know the Tawa candidates.
‘‘It is a pity we didn’t get a couple of extra nominations so we could have an election,’’ Tredger said.
The key issues facing Tawa over the next three years would be traffic, town centre upgrades and housing, he said.
Transmission Gully and the Petone link road will have an impact on the number of commuter vehicles passing through Tawa and change traffic conditions.
Further community consultation is needed before a planned $1 million upgrade to the Tawa town centre, designed to encourage business within the suburb, begins in 2017.
Closer co-operation between the regions councils will also be key for Tawa residents who are located on Wellington’s border with Porirua.
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