By-elections for the positions of Tauranga City Council Mayor, At Large Councillor and Otumoetai-Pyes Pa Councillor have been cancelled following the appointment of four Commissioners to replace the Council’s elected members.
Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp said the publication of an official gazette notice confirming the appointment of the Commission (pursuant to section 258F of the Local Government Act 2002) effectively cancels the planned by-election process for the three vacancies.
“All candidates nominated for those positions have been notified that the by-elections will not proceed and advised that their candidate deposits will be refunded in due course,” he said.
Local Government Minister, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, last week announced that a Commission consisting of Anne Tolley (Chair), Bill Wasley, Stephen Selwood and Shadrach Rolleston would undertake the Council’s governance responsibilities through until the next local government elections in October 2022.
The Commissioners took up their roles on 9 February. A programme of activities for the next month is under development and a meeting schedule is likely to be confirmed next week.
View the gazette notice announcing the Commission’s appointment.