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Published: 2013-08-02 00:00:00

Potential candidates are being urged not to leave lodging their nominations to stand for Waikato Regional Council until the last minute or they could miss out.

There is just two weeks left for people wanting to get involved in the issues affecting Waikato’s communities, its environment and the economy to get their nominations in to council. 

“Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August, but candidates should not leave it until the last minute to get their completed forms to us,” said the council’s electoral officer, Maureen Poole.

“If the papers don’t reach us early enough and there’s a mistake or issue with them, they risk missing out.

“On the day applications close, the public are welcome to see the candidate names drawn from a hat to decide the order in which they will be listed on the voting papers,” she said.

The voting papers will be posted to voters between 20-25 September and must be sent back by midday on Election Day, 12 October 2013.

Meanwhile, to help candidates and voters a pre election report has just been released by the council to satisfy new requirements put forward by the Government to inform discussion in the lead up to local body elections.

The report has information on Waikato's people, economy and environment and is available on the council’s website – www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/elections.

The report also shows where our funding will come from for 2013/14 and where we will spend our funds over the next year.

Details of the regional council's major projects for the 2013-16 council term have been outlined in the report and include:

  • work being undertaken to manage activities that affect our region’s water quality, such as:
    • the council’s key planning tool, the proposed Regional Policy Statement, which ensures the way we use our physical and natural resources doesn’t compromise the ability of our future generations to provide for their own needs
    • the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change project, which is working with stakeholders to develop changes to the regional plan to help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers
    • Variation 6, which set new rules for allocating water to people and businesses who want to take surface and groundwater for various uses
  • the 10-year $22 million programme to upgrade and maintain existing stopbanks to ensure they provide the right level of flood protection
  • the expansion of targeted possum control projects
  • a project called Sea Change: Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan, which gives everyone with an interest in the Hauraki Gulf the opportunity to help map out its use and safeguard its future
  • the development of a Waikato spatial plan and economic strategy through the Waikato Mayoral Forum.

For further information on standing as a candidate, visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/elections or contact Maureen Poole at maureen.poole@waikatoregion.govt.nz or freephone 0800 800 401.