10 January 2017

Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Māori Constituency will open next Monday 16 January, when a by-election for the Constituency is formally publicly notified.

Electoral Officer Robyn Garrett said that the by-election will be held from 20 March to 11 April 2017, to fill a vacancy left by the sad passing of Councillor Awanui Black on 30 November last year.

“It’s important to re-fill this seat so that Mauao Māori constituents can continue to have a voice on Council,” she said.

Nomination criteria, forms and further information will be available from next week at www.boprc.govt.nz/byelection or by contacting the Electoral Officer, phone 0800 884 881 ext 8376 or email elections@boprc.govt.nz.

Candidate nominations must be lodged with the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on Monday 13 February.

Only voters registered on the Māori electoral roll in the Mauao Māori constituency will be eligible to vote in the March 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.