Vacancy on Wanaka Community Board a possibility

Photo: Sunset Lake Wanaka - Thursday 11 May, 2017. Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

The board members on the Wanaka Community Board may be getting a shake-up with Quentin Smith (pictured) announcing his intention to run for the Queenstown Lakes District Council by-election.

Pictured: Quentin Smith (Photo:  Supplied)

The Wanaka Ward seat was recently left vacant by the resignation of Councillor Ella Lawton who is running for election in the Otago Regional Council.

Although he is not required to resign from his WCB seat to nominate for the QLDC by-election, if successful he would hold his position on the board as a councillor, leaving a vacancy to be filled.

This would trigger a by-election for the vacancy on the WCB.

In the October 2016 election Quentin stood for both the QLDC Wanaka Ward seat and the Wanaka Community Board.

He missed out on the councillor position polling fifth (1560 votes).

The three seats went to Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod (3110 votes) Ella Lawton (2459 votes) and Ross McRobie (1850 votes).

Quentin was successfully elected to the community board receiving 2050 votes, a top three finish.

Jude Battson has also put her hat into the ring for the by-election. She ran in last year’s election but missed out, coming in fourth (1670 votes).

Pictured: Jude Battson (Photo: TapTV)

She has previously served three terms on the community board and one council term from 2010 to 2013.

Nominations for the Wanaka Ward seat close on June 1, with the election to be held on Friday July 28.




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