Hori­zons set for fresh faces

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil chair­man Bruce Gor­don was elected un­op­posed.

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