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New Zealand

Time running out for community board nominations

Potential candidates to fill a vacancy on the Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board (Kawakawa-Moerewa Subdivision) have less than two weeks to lodge their nomination papers.

Nominations to replace Community Board member Kelly Stratford opened on 28 February after she was elected to the Far North District Council.

So far, no one has lodged papers to stand for the position, despite the nomination period closing in just 13 days at noon on Wednesday 28 March.

Community board members are locally elected leaders who attend regular meetings representing and acting as an advocate for the interests of their community.

According to the Local Electoral Act 2001, if there are no valid nominations received for a by-election, the community board may resolve to fill the vacancy by appointing a suitably qualified person.

To be eligible to stand for the community board, candidates must be a New Zealand citizen and enrolled to vote anywhere in New Zealand. They must also be nominated by two people registered on the Electoral Roll within Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board area (Kawakawa-Moerewa Subdivision).

Nomination papers can be obtained from Council’s Kawakawa Service Centre; the electoral office (Election Services, Level 2, 198 Federal Street, Auckland); downloaded from the Council’s website; or by phoning 0800 922 822 to request papers by post.

If more than one person is nominated, postal voting packs will be delivered to around 2500 eligible electors within the Kawakawa-Moerewa subdivision from Wednesday 2 May 2018.

The three-week voting period will close at noon on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Further information about the by-election and the community board can be found on the Council website www.fndc.govt.nz.