Plenty of seats available on councils and boards


by Claire Allison

The 2019 local body elections begin in earnest tomorrow with the opening of nominations.

There are plenty of seats up for grabs around council and board tables in South Canterbury.

Key dates

July 19: Nominations open. Electoral roll opens for inspection.
August 16: Nominations close at noon. Electoral roll closes.
August 21: (as soon as practicable). Public notice of day of
election, candidates’ names.
September 20-25: Delivery of voting documents.
September 20-October 12: Voting and special voting period.
Early processing period.
October 12: Election day (voting closes at noon). Progress/
preliminary results announced.
October 12-17: Official count.
October 17-23: (as soon as practicable) Declaration of final
result/public notice of results.

In Timaru, with a four-way mayoral race already indicated, this year’s election is shaping up to be an interesting one.

This year, voting will close at noon on Saturday, October 12.

Positions available are:

South Canterbury District Health Board

Seven vacancies.

Environment Canterbury

(South Canterbury/Otuhituhi constituency) – two vacancies.

Timaru District Council

Mayor (elected at large)

Timaru ward – six vacancies

Geraldine ward – one vacancy

Pleasant Point-Temuka ward – two vacancies

Geraldine Community Board – six vacancies

Pleasant Point Community Board – five vacancies

Temuka Community Board – five vacancies

Geraldine Licensing Trust – six vacancies.

Mackenzie District Council

Mayor (elected at large)

Opuha ward – three vacancies

Pukaki ward – three vacancies

Twizel Community Board – four vacancies

Tekapo Community Board – four vacancies

Fairlie Community Board – four vacancies.

Waimate District Council

Mayor (elected at large)

Hakataramea-Waihaorunga ward – one vacancy

Lower Waihao ward – one vacancy

Pareora-Otaio-Makikihi ward – two vacancies

Waimate ward – four vacancies.

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