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Published: 2006-10-13 00:00:00

There is only one week left to vote in Waikato Regional Council’s Waipa by-election.

John Fisher, Fiona Judd, Juliet Macdonald, James Parlane and Ashley Reid are contesting the vacant Waipa seat.

The voting period opened on 28 September 2006 and closes next week. Voting papers must be posted in the supplied envelope or hand delivered to the Waipa District Council offices in Te Awamutu or the Cambridge Service Centre before noon on Friday, 20 October 2006., the company Waikato Regional Council has contracted to run the by-election, had processed 8319 votes by this morning. This represents about 27 per cent of the 30,036 people who are eligible to vote.

Waikato Regional Council, known as Environment Waikato, manages and protects the natural resources that sustain the Waikato economy – our land, water, soil, air, and coastal and geothermal areas. It also manages land transport, biosecurity and civil defence.

Environment Waikato’s 14 regional councillors make decisions on a range of matters including public transport, regional planning, land use, river management and flood control, water quality and pest eradication.

If your name is on the Waipa district electoral roll and you have not received a voting paper, or if you would like to vote but your name is not on the electoral roll, you may apply to cast a special vote. This can be done in person at either

Waipa District Council Office, 101 Bank St, Te Awamutu.
Waipa District Council Cambridge Service Centre, 23 Wilson St, Cambridge.

Similarly, you can apply to cast a special vote if you have recently moved to the district or changed addresses, or if you lose or spoil your voting paper.

Special votes can be cast up until 12 noon on Friday, 20 October 2006.

Preliminary results will be released as soon as possible after the close of voting, with final results declared by 25 October 2006.