At least three new faces for North­ern ward

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Can­di­dates in Porirua’s North­ern ward have a lot to play for this lo­cal body elec­tion

The more than 21,000 vot­ers in this part of the city - in­cor­po­rat­ing Whitby, Pare­mata, Pa­pakowhai, Pau­ata­hanui, Judge­ford, Plim­mer­ton, Hon­goeka and Pukerua Bay - will have the job of elect­ing at least three new names to the city coun­cil.

Anita Baker, from Whitby, is the only in­cum­bent in the fourseat ward that is stand­ing for re­elec­tion. Tim Shep­pard and Bron­wyn Kropp have re­tired, while Euon Mur­rell is only hav­ing a tilt at the may­oralty.

There are no short­age of can­di­dates to re­place them - 13 names will be on the bal­lot.

Only the Eastern ward has more with 14 can­di­dates.

For­mer three-term mayor of Otoro­hanga District Coun­cil Dale Wil­liams has the most civic ex­pe­ri­ence, al­though Brian Collins (may­oralty) and Keryn Mar­tin (coun­cil­lor) have stood in pre­vi­ous elec­tions.

Other can­di­dates are a for­mer head of Porirua Ro­tary and Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce Don Casagranda, Whitby Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion vicechair­man Phil Dyer, teacher and NZEI rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dianne Khan, busi­ness­man An­drew Wel­lum, for­mer Chief Om­buds- man Bev­er­ley Wakem, IT worker and com­mu­nity vol­un­teer Sarah Piper, for­mer se­nior man­ager Ross Leggett, com­mer­cial con­struc­tion com­pany owner Barry McEwen and Whitby New World liquor man­ager Nathan Wad­dle.

Is­sues the can­di­dates say are im­por­tant in­clude traf­fic, bet­ter busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, up­dat­ing in­fra­struc­ture, hous­ing, Trans­mis­sion Gully and the health of the har­bour.

The North­ern ward tra­di­tion- ally has the high­est voter turnout in lo­cal elec­tions. While the over­all turnout in Porirua de­creased from 39 per cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2013, res­i­dents in the north were more dili­gent than their western and eastern coun­ter­parts.

Forty per­cent of North­ern ward vot­ers filled out the form in 2013, cast­ing about 6200 votes, com­pared to 36 per cent in the Western ward and 33 per cent in the Eastern ward.

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