Preparations are now under way for a by-election in Wellington City Council’s Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward following the formal resignation of Councillor Tamatha Paul, who has been elected to Parliament.
The by-election, by postal ballot, will be held on 17 February.
Other key dates:
– Nominations close: 12 noon, Friday 22 December
– Voting starts: Friday 26 January
– Voting closes: 12 noon, Saturday 17 February.
Deputy Electoral Officer Jennifer Parker says about 34,000 voters are registered in the ward which encompasses the central city along with Thorndon, Pipitea, Kelburn, Aro Valley, Highbury, Mt Cook, Mt Victoria and Oriental Bay. She encourages people to stand for the members of these communities.
“If you are passionate about the place we call home and want to help form the future of Wellington, then you should consider standing for this by-election. Standing for the Council is a good way to represent your city – and be the voice at the table for your community.
“Good elections need good candidates. To stand you can be from any ethnicity, demographic and background, you just need to be a New Zealand citizen, on the electoral roll, and 18-years and over.
“As an elected member you will be responsible for many things that have a direct impact on the wider community including decision making on regulatory matters, preparing plans for the city’s future and sustainability, and setting rates and bylaws – does that sound like you?”