By-election Announced for Ahuriri Ward


27 November 2019UPDATE 23-12-19: 

As of MondayCouncil has received one nomination from Peter K. Ellis to fill the extraordinary vacancy on the Ahuriri Community Board.

As nominations have now closed and the number of nominations received did not exceed the number of vacancies, Peter K. Ellis is declared elected unopposed.​


Notice has been given that a by-election will be held for the one outstanding position remaining on the Ahuriri Community Board.

Nominations for the above position open Monday 25 November 2019 and must be made on the official nomination form. Copies of the nomination form and candidate information sheet are available by request from Council HQ, 20 Thames Street Ōamaru, by telephoning 03 433 0300 , and can be downloaded from the council website​ or from the electoral officer Anthony Morton (Email​; Phone: 0800 666 928).

Completed nomination forms must be received by the electoral officer no later than 12 noon Monday 23 December 2019. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 incl GST, payable by EFTPOS, cash or online banking (see candidate information sheet for requirements). If an election is required to fill this vacancy, the election will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2020 and conducted by postal voting under the First Past the Post electoral system.

The Waitaki District Council has two community boards. These are elected in tandem with the election of mayors and councillors, however at this year’s election, the Ahuriri Community Board did not secure the requisite number of candidates to fill the five places on the board.

Community boards are designed to give neighbourhoods and distinct communities, such as rural areas, a stronger voice within council; with the primary role of a community board member to represent and advocate for the interests of their communities, liaise with community organisations and government departments, and maintain an overview of the local services provided by the council. Community boards can also make written and oral submissions to their council on local issues, and they often have delegated responsibilities to allocate certain funds within the wards they represent.

The Ahuriri Ward Boundaries changed after a representation review so it now includes Duntroon. The Ōmārama and Otematata masterplans in development, community input would be very important and the role of the community board vital. ​

Mayor for Waitaki Gary Kircher said, “I encourage anyone who feels strongly about issues affecting their community within the Ahuriri Ward to stand. Unfortunately by-elections bring greater costs to communities, but that is part of the cost of democracy. WIth four representatives already elected unopposed, we are hopeful that another member of the Ahuriri communities puts their hand up to join the small, committed team already in place.”

Related page: Ahuriri Community Board By-election

Page reviewed: 23 Dec 2019 3:32pm