The race for the local vote begins
‘‘Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson will be challenged by Wally Hayes, Donna Nichols, John Deacon and Brian Cathro.’’
The race has begun to represent the North Waikato communities with close of nominations on Friday for the October 8 local body elections.
Up for the top job of Waikato Mayor, incumbent Allan Sanson will be challenged by Wally Hayes, Donna Nichols and Ngaruawahia locals John Deacon and Brian Cathro.
Four nominees will contest the two Huntly Ward seats, with incumbent Shelley Lynch standing alongside Huntly Community Board chair Sandra Stewart, Frank McInally and Logan Cotter.
In the Ngaruawahia Ward, Janet Gibb and Moera Solomon are seeking re-election. John Deacon, Charles Dodds, Eugene Patterson and community board deputy chair James Whetu are also standing.
In Whangamarino Ward, Jan Sedgwick was re-elected as she was unopposed.
Sandra Stewart, Ron Farrar and Kim Bredenbeck will be standing again but contending against some fresh faces for the Huntly Community Board. For- mer Huntly community constable Corey Rees has joined the race as well as Huntly West Community Hub’s Hine Timothy and local businessman Frank McInally. Tina Michie and Katrina Langlands are also nominated.
Current Ngaruawahia Community Board chair Wendy Diamond is up for election again with Bryce Sherson, James Whetu and Jack Ayers. New to the board race is Twin Rivers Art Centre manager Jane Stevens, Rongo Kirkwood, Charles Dodds, Kiri Morgan and Andy Ralph.
Taupiri Community Board chair Ken Clewlow, deputy chair Julie Ross and member Elva Gouk are back in the running for a board seat, alongside Joanne Morley, Dorothy Lovell, Sharnay Cocup, Howard Lovell and Rudy Van Dam.
The five nominated for the Te Kauwhata Licensing Trust are automatically elected - they are Nireen Jefferis, Gerald Jackson, Alastair Cullen, Mohan Singh and Pip Prattley. A by-election will be held to fill the remaining vacancy.
In the race for the two Waikato Regional Constituency positions are Tony Armstrong, Doug Boyde, Jennie Hayman, Fred Lichtwark and Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai.
Voting papers will be delivered from September 16-21.