2021 West Ward By-election
This by-election covers the extraordinary vacancy for one member of the West Ward. The extraordinary vacancy has arisen from the resignation of West Ward Councillor Lynda Murchison.
of voting papers starts
Thursday 24 June 2021|
|Last day for delivery of voting papers||Tuesday 29 June 2021|
|Voting closes||Noon - Friday 16 July 2021|
Meet the Candidates
|Hanmer Springs Library||Monday 14 June 2021 - 7pm|
|Culverden Library||Wednesday 16 June 2021 - 6pm|
|Waikari Hall||Monday 21 June - 6.30pm|
This election will be conducted by postal vote using the First Past the Post voting electoral system, under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Local Electoral Regulations 2019.
|Ross Carter||Graeme Scrivener||Joy Wilson|
|Karen Armstrong||Winton Dalley||Peter Black|
|Jeffrey Walker||Robert Field||Amanda Bowes|
|Richard Roe||Tim Abbott||Stephen Wadley|
Candidate Profile - Ross Carter
Dear Ratepayers and Residents
My name is Ross Carter and want to be your next councillor to represent you in the West Ward of the Hurunui District.
I am a long term resident of Hanmer Springs attending the Hanmer Primary and Culverden District High School.
For the last 22 years I have owned a successful tourism business called Hanmer Adventure.
I have seen many changes in the Hurunui District, particularly in our small towns, as the district continually gets recognised as a thriving area to live and work. There are many great things going on here.
I have seen the council expand over the years and there is a lot more responsibilities for the council to meet the needs of the district and its people.
I want to become involved and see more communication, transparency, accountability, and more information about how decisions are made.
I WANT YOUR VOTES!
Candidate Profile - Karen Armstrong
I grew up on a sheep farm near Waimate. I have lived in Waikari for 17 years, where I have been involved in several community groups: Hurunui Gateway Promotion Association; Hawarden Community Library Committee; Secretary/Treasurer Hawarden A&P Association; secretary of the group that formed Hawarden-Waikari Community Trust and Waikari Health Care Limited; Connect Hurunui Inc. governance group member; member of the Hurunui Community Committee, Chairperson since 2017.
My professional experience includes: primary school teacher; social worker; mental health promoter; public library assistant; independent social work contractor providing services in the not-for-profit sector locally and nationally. In recent years I have been the manager and co-owner of a business in Culverden.
I undertake to serve the community in a manner that reflects my values of honesty and integrity, doing my best to listen, understand and act in the best interests of the community and Hurunui District.
Candidate Profile - Jeff Walker
Since 1994 my family and I have lived in Hawarden. We had moved to the South Island in search of a better lifestyle, this we found here in the Hurunui.
I have been in Manufacturing, Real Estate, Investment and property development and am now retired.
As an Amuri St John Ambulance volunteer and a member of Lions, I have enjoyed contributing to my community. I am passionate about being involved in and supporting Hurunui communities.
Having a lifetime of practical management experience and knowledge, I am now looking forward to further contributing to the Hurunui district as a councillor.
With the economic and social effects of Covid-19 having an impact on our Council, I believe it is important that carefully considered actions are taken by council to help all the people, businesses and farmers of the Hurunui , through to a bright future.
Candidate Profile - Richard Roe
If I am elected my focus would be on sustainable development, water management, cost-effective infrastructure and economic diversity. I also think it is important to support the creation of employment opportunities – particularly for our young people.
I have a keen interest in avoiding unnecessary administration and compliance.
Originally growing up on a dairy farm, I now live in Rotherham with my wife and two young children and have a successful chiropractic business in Hanmer Springs.
Over the last 20 years I have witnessed a lot of development and I am motivated to ensure that the Hurunui district, and the West Ward in particular, continues to grow sustainably but also remains as a great place to raise a family and as a place of quiet reflection, rest and relaxation.
Non-Resident Ratepayer Electors
If you own property/pay rates in the West Ward but do not reside there – you may be eligible to enrol as non-resident ratepayer elector and vote in the upcoming by-election. It is not automatic – if you are eligible then they must complete an enrolment form.
It can be a bit confusing.
To qualify as a non-resident ratepayer elector for the by-election you must be a ratepayer in the West Ward. You do not qualify as a ratepayer elector if you reside in the Hurunui district even if you live in a different ward (you are deemed to already be a residential elector). You must reside at an address that is outside the Hurunui district.
To qualify you must pay rates on a residential property, such as a holiday home or a rental property in the West Ward. Or, you may pay rates in respect of a West Ward property owned by your firm, company, trust, corporation or society. If so, the organisation may nominate any ONE member or officer of the firm, company, trust, corporation or society as its ratepayer elector as long as that person is registered as a Parliamentary elector at an address outside the Hurunui district.
Also, the person who is nominating a nominee must be registered as a Parliamentary elector at an address outside the Hurunui district. Where persons such as partners or multiple tenants are the ratepayers in respect of a property then those persons may nominate ONE of the members or partners, as their non-resident elector. Only ONE ratepayer elector can be nominated, irrespective of the number of properties owned by the firm, company, society, trust, partnership or ratepayer.
To enrol, check or update your enrolment details go to vote.nz or call 0800 36 76 56.
Electoral Officer Details
The Electoral Officer for this by-election is Anthony Morton. Anthony is based in Christchurch and works for election management company electionz.com Ltd. The Electoral Officer can be contacted by: Phone 0800 666 928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Deputy Electoral Officer for this by-election is Naomi Woodham. Naomi is the Customer Advocacy and Dispatch Manager for the Council and can be contacted on (03) 315 8400 or email@example.com