Community enthusiasm high

Enthusiasm is so great for the Tamahere Community Committee that its membership has risen by two.

Fourteen people were nominated for the 12 positions on the committee at tonight’s election meeting, chaired by Waikato District Council chief executive Gavin Ion.

But rather than douse the eagerness and turn away keen locals the meeting decided to increase the representative group’s numbers.

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Mobile ballot boxes in Tamahere

Ballot boxes take to the street in Tamahere on Friday to encourage people to vote in the last few days of the local body elections.

Drive-through voting on Newell Road, near Punnet Café, on Friday morning, 8am to 9:30am, and afternoon, 3pm to 4pm, will allow people to drive-up, drop completed voting documents in the ballot box and drive off easily and quickly.

Voting closes midday Saturday but electors can also drop off voting papers to a ballot box in most Waikato District Council offices and libraries.

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Voters eye election candidates

What better way to get to know an election candidate than to see the whites of their eyes.

Add in the way they sit, stand, speak and generally carry themselves and you have a pretty good start on judging what sort of woman or man wants your vote.

That’s the chance a small but keen audience got in Tamahere on Tuesday night when locals got up close and personal with the two Tamahere ward candidates and five mayoral candidates in this year’s Waikato District Council election.

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Rip, choose, vote, post

As soon as you see your voting papers in the mail – they are due between September 16 and 21 – rip them open, make your choice of candidate, vote and post.

That simple and timely action is more likely to see your vote counted on election day October 8 than anything else you could do.

Forgetting to vote or leaving it too late are top reasons for people failing to have their say in who runs the joint.

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Election candidates speak tonight

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in next month’s local body elections is on tonight (Tuesday, September 13.)
The meeting, in the Tamahere Community Centre at 7.30pm,
will give voters an opportunity to hear from the two people standing for the Tamahere ward as well as those vying for the Waikato district’s mayoral chains.
Candidates will have around seven minutes to make a presentation and then will field questions from the floor.

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Election contest for Tamahere

Tamahere is to have a contested election for the next councillor to represent the ward on the Waikato District Council for the first time in nine years.

Local man Aksel Jepsen declared his candidacy in early July and when nominations closed yesterday he was joined by Donna Nichols, a one-time Waikato District Council staff member.

The last time Tamahere voters had a choice of candidate was in 2007 when Wally Hayes defeated Andrew Gibson for the seat he has held, uncontested, ever since.

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First hat in ring

The first candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Tamahere ward on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming October local body elections.

Tamahere resident Aksel Jepsen, a Tamahere School board of trustees member, announced his candidacy by launching a website and placing advertisements on Tamahere Forum.

Other candidates have from July 15 to August 12 to get their nominations in for the vacancy left by three-term councillor Wally Hayes who is standing for the mayoralty only.

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Tamahere election wide open

Who will step up for a chance to represent Tamahere on the Waikato District Council in the upcoming local body elections?

Three-term Tamahere ward councillor Wally Hayes has left the field wide open after announcing an all or nothing bid for the district’s mayoralty in the October elections.

Aspiring candidates for the ward role have from July 15 when nominations open until August 12 to get their nominations in. But what does being a councillor involve?

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