11/05/2016 12:00:00 a.m.
11 May 2016
In October 2016, Whanganui voters will be able to select a Mayor and 12 Councillors, who will lead our community for the next three years.
There will also be an election to choose two councillors who will represent Whanganui on Horizons Regional Council and an election for Whanganui District Health Board members.
Mayor Annette Main, who is not standing for re-election, encourages people to think about standing for the Council in order to make a difference in our community.
“There are all sorts of different people with diverse backgrounds and experience who would benefit our whole community by being a Councillor and bringing what they know about their communities to the Council table.
“Potential candidates should think about the range of skills and experience they have and what they can offer.
“Being on the Council doesn’t just mean going to meetings, there’s a lot more to it such as understanding how we work with businesses and community organisations to get the best outcomes for Whanganui.”
Mayor Main also reminds people 18 years and older to make sure they are on the electoral roll so they can vote in October.
“One of the best ways to have your say about what happens in our community is to vote. Although voting turnout in local elections has declined in many areas of New Zealand since the 1980s, Whanganui still has one of the highest rates of voter turnouts in the country. It would be great if we could have an even greater turnout this year than we had in 2013.”
The Council will run candidates’ evenings in June where people who are considering standing for Council will be given a greater understanding of what the role entails. Nominations open on Friday, July 15, and close at 12.00 noon on Friday, August 12.
“Being on the Council can be challenging at times, but it’s also really rewarding to see the kinds of things you want for your community to come to life.”
More information about the candidates’ evenings will be available in upcoming editions of Community Link and on www.whanganui.govt.nz/election.