Bech elected unopposed

Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech has been elected unopposed to the Waikato District Council seat he first won in 2016.

But for one other ward, elsewhere in the district hotly contested elections are in the pipeline, including for the Eureka ward.

There incumbent Rob McGuire is being challenged by Elizabeth Goodwin while it’s a three-way competition for mayor.

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New councillor’s job list grows

Tamahere’s new councillor found the list of what he hopes to achieve for Tamahere growing over the election campaign.
Political newcomer Aksel Jepsen, 51, won the two-way election for the Waikato District Council’s Tamahere ward at the weekend by 196 votes, on preliminary results.
Jepsen, who will succeed three-term councillor Wally Hayes, polled highest with 815 votes to his rival Donna Nichols’ 619 votes on election night.

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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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Meet the candidates

A public meeting to give Tamahere locals a chance to meet candidates in the upcoming local body elections is to be held on 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.

The evening will be hosted by the Tamahere Community Committee.

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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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Wally Pollock reserve unveiled

Former Tamahere ward councillor Wally Pollock’s dedication to Tamahere was marked recently when a reserve was named in his memory.

The Wally Pollock Reserve is in Titoki Drive and borders the historic Potuwha Pa, a site of great significance to Ngati Haua and one of the best preserved pa in the Waikato.

Val Pollock, Wally’s wife, and Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson unveiled a sign recognising the former councillor’s 15-year contribution to Tamahere and the Waikato district.

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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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Hayes bids for mayoralty

Tamahere’s three-term district councillor, Wally Hayes, has launched an all or nothing bid for the Waikato mayoralty.

First elected to represent Tamahere in 2007 and twice since re-elected unopposed, the 53-year-old will step down from the role at the October local body elections and seek only the Waikato’s top position.

Hayes, who has clashed with incumbent mayor Allan Sanson, is the second announced contender for the Waikato mayoralty.

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