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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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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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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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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Meeting to get UFB rolling

A public meeting to gauge support for ultra-fast broadband in Tamahere is on this Thursday, May 5 at the Tamahere Community Centre from 7.30pm.

The Waikato District Council says it is prepared to lobby central government for investment in UFB for the area and Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes is urging locals to get behind the initiative.

He says it’s a one-off opportunity to get Tamahere and Matangi serviced by ultra-fast broadband (UFB) and give the area fast internet at an affordable price.

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Village centre deal signed

The long awaited Tamahere village centre took a big leap forward today when the Waikato District Council and developer Fosters signed an agreement.

The deal is for a “commercial hub” of boutique retail outlets to be located on the corner of Devine Road and Wiremu Tamihana Drive.

The hub stems from combined council and Tamahere community efforts over the past few years and the search for a developer began last June.

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