Sept. 20, 2019, 10:18 a.m.
A record number of candidates are running for the top job at Far North District council.
A total of 11 applicants are vying for the position of Mayor for the district, nine up from the previous local local Government elections back in 2016.
Incumbent Mayor John Carter has held the seat for the last two terms, but newcomer Jay Hepi has been hitting the Far North streets in force with his followers and campaign team and believes the Far North is ready for change.
“Look at the numbers running for Mayor - our people are saying something. They want change, they want fresh ideas and most of all, they want action.”
“As a newby (sic) to local Government as well as being a proud Māori, I’ve certainly come up against barriers in this system that’s almost designed to keep Māori out.”
“I was required to register by the New Zealand Electoral Commission a total of three times and we wonder why voting numbers are so low,” said Hepi.
Mayor John Carter has always maintained his people skills to continue engagements throughout his tenure in the seat. “My relationship building and friendships are key having held various positions in central Government with the National Party representing Northland for seven consecutive terms” Carter said.
Voting papers will be sent out via post from 20th September creating a timeframe for ‘Special Votes’ with official Election Day landing on Saturday 12th October.
For more information on candidates and polling booths, please visit Far North District Council website on www.fndc.govt.nz/your-council/local-government-elections.