Horizons set for fresh faces
Horizons Regional Council is set for at least two new faces come election time, with two councillors standing down.
Meanwhile, all of MidCentral DHB members have put their names in the hat for another term.
At Horizons, two councillors - Murray Guy for Palmerston North, and Rod Pearce for Whanganui - have opted to call it a day on council, opening up two free seats.
A total of 22 people have put their names in, though two have already been assured of seats.
Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon and the other sitting councillor for Manawatu-Rangitikei Gordon McKellar have both been reelected unopposed.
The remaining constituencies of Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Whanganui, Tararua, and Ruapehu need elections. At MidCentral, a field of 18 are contesting seven seats on the District Health Board. All existing members have put their nominations in for another term.
There is scope for some crossover between the DHB and Palmerston North City Council. As well as sitting board member and city councillor Adrian Broad, five other city council candidates are also standing for DHB — deputy mayor Duncan McCann, sitting councillors Lew Findlay and Vaughan Dennison, candidate Martin Egan and council candidate and sitting board member Karen Naylor.
Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon was elected unopposed.