Several more names have been officially lodged with Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) for this October's local government elections. The second candidate for the Wanaka Community Board was lodged by Chris Hadfield yesterday, Wednesday 7. “Having moved to Wanaka 15 years ago and owning Ritual Cafe for the last 12, I have decided to seek a position on the Wanaka Community Board in this year’s QLDC elections. I have always had strong views on the direction of Wanaka and believe it is time to make a difference. Wanaka is going through a period of growing pains and it is essential that residents feel that their views are being heard and that their elected representatives are listening,” said Hadfield.
By the time this article went to print, QLDC had received: two nominees for mayor — Al Angus and Jim Boult; one nominee for the four available seats on the Wanaka Community Board — Ed Taylor; one nominee for the one seat available on Central Otago Health Inc. — Leigh Overton; one nominee for the six seats available on the Queenstown/Wakatipu Ward — John MacDonald; and one nominee for the one seat on Arrowtown Ward — Heath Copland.
Nominations opened for all candidates on July 19 and will close on August 16 at 12pm. A potential candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, at least 18 years old and enrolled to vote.
The voting period runs from September 20 until election day, October 12, at 12pm.
In our story titled "Nominee update on local elections," published on August 1, we said Robert Duncan and Richard Henshall were nominees for Wanaka Community Board, Aiden Craig and Jane Nimmo were nominees for Central Otago Health Inc and Michael Pannett and Michael Walker were nominees for Arrowtown Ward in this October's local government elections. All the aforementioned names were referenced incorrectly as they are nominators in each category.
The amended story is as follows:
To date, Queenstown Lakes District Council has received one nominee for the four available seats on the Wanaka Community Board: Ed Taylor (nominated by Robert Duncan and Richard Henshall). No nominees had been lodged for the three seats available on the Wanaka Ward by the time this article went to print. Leigh Overton (nominated by Aiden Craig and Jane Nimmo) is a nominee for the one seat available on Central Otago Health Inc. Heath Copland (nominated by Michael Pannett and Michael Walker) is a nominee for the one seat on Arrowtown Ward.