07 February 2017

Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Māori Constituency will close at 12 noon this Monday 13 February.

Electoral Officer Robyn Garrett said that the sad passing of Councillor Awanui Black last year had created an extraordinary vacancy. A by-election is required to re-fill it.

“To be eligible, fully completed nomination forms, accompanied by the nomination fee, must be delivered to me at one of Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Tauranga (87 First Ave) or Whakatāne (5 Quay St) offices, no later than 12 noon on Monday 13 February,” said  Ms Garrett.

“If more than one nomination is received, voting packs will be sent by mail to voters on the Mauao Māori electoral roll during March. The by-election will be held from 20 March to 11 April 2017,” she said.

Only voters registered on the Māori electoral roll in the Mauao Māori constituency will be eligible to vote in the April  2017 by-election. The Mauao Māori constituency extends from the top of the Kaimai Mamaku ranges to Waihī Beach and Ōtamarākau, including Katikati, Tauranga, Matakana, Te Puke, Maketū, Pongakawa and the surrounding areas.