Meet the Tawa com­mu­nity can­di­dates

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - LUCY SWINNEN

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.

Full in­for­ma­tion can­di­ates can be welling­ton.govt.nz on found the at

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