Possible new mayors for Nelson and Tasman in October

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Local Government elections are back - so far most Tasman District Councilors are throwing their hats in the ring to be re-elected, and half of Nelson Town Councilors have confirmed their intentions.

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Local Government elections are back – so far most Tasman District Councilors are throwing their hats in the ring to be re-elected, and half of Nelson Town Councilors have confirmed their intentions.

There could be new mayors heading Nelson City and Tasman District councils in October.

In Tasman District, Richmond Ward councilor Mark Greening has said he intends to run for the top job, and although no one has declared his intentions for Nelson town hall, two councilors leavers said they were considering the position.

Candidate nominations are to be open from July 15 to August 12 with mail-in voting beginning September 16. Election day is October 8.

Tasman District Council elections will be held under the first past the post system. Nelson’s elections will be held under the single transferable vote system.

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Tasman District Mayor Tim King watches Councilor Mark Greening being sworn in October 2019.

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Tasman District Mayor Tim King watches Councilor Mark Greening being sworn in October 2019.

“A lot of people push me to stay up,” Greening said. “The removal of debt rates and caps…relieved the pressure on the board to rein in spending. It’s been a circus. Voters need to mandate a new broom.

He has repeatedly raised concerns about the level of council spending, calling for a tightening of the council’s tax caps.

Greening has been criticized for having the lowest attendance record at meetings of the full council and its three standing committees in 2020-21. His presence has also been in the spotlight before.

Incumbent Mayor Tim King said he was undecided at this point whether he would run again.

“July is far away,” he said.

Richmond Ward Councilor Trevor Tuffnell said he has no plans to put his name forward again.

“It’s rover everywhere,” Tuffnell said. “For a number of reasons, including age, I will become an interested viewer.”

Tasman's Richmond District Councilor Trevor Tuffnell has said he does not intend to stand again in the October 2022 election.

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Tasman’s Richmond District Councilor Trevor Tuffnell has said he does not intend to stand again in the October 2022 election. “It’s all over rover.”

Among other Richmond ward councilors, Kit Maling said he intended to run again for the ward as councilor ‘at this point’, while Dana Wensley did not respond in time .

Two of the three Moutere-Waimea ward councilors, Anne Turley and Dean McNamara, said they were undecided. Christeen Mackenzie said she would raise her hand again for the same role “at this point”.

The three Motueka ward councilors – Barry Dowler, Trindi Walker and David Ogilvie – have said they intend to re-run in the same roles, although Ogilvie added the caveat that it was “too early in the year – with so much going on with the board – to make a definitive statement”.

Above Tākaka Hill, the two outgoing Golden Bay ward councilors – Celia Butler and Chris Hill – said they both intend to run for the same council roles.

Deputy Mayor of Lakes-Murchison Ward Councilor Stuart Bryant said he, too, intended to rest “at this point.”

Matt Lawrey says he'll run for re-election in Central District, but he's still considering throwing his hat in the ring for mayor.

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Matt Lawrey says he’ll run for re-election in Central District, but he’s still considering throwing his hat in the ring for mayor.

In Nelson, councilors Matt Lawrey and Rohan O’Neill-Stevens have both said they plan to throw their hats in the ring for mayor.

O’Neill-Stevens said he would definitely run for council, most likely at-large rather than Stoke/Tāhunanui Ward or Central Headquarters.

“Following suggestions from a number of community leaders, I am seriously considering running for mayor, but I want to continue talking to the community before making a final decision,” he said.

Lawrey said he plans to run in the Central District and “is also considering running for mayor.”

Tim Skinner said he liked

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Tim Skinner said he enjoyed “doing whatever I could to contribute to Nelson’s well-being”, and intended to run for re-election.

Councilor Tim Skinner said it was still ‘rather early’ for considerations and there was a lot of work to focus on ahead of the election, but said he intended to run again in the elections.

Councilor Mel Courtney said he was still considering ward options, but planned to run again.

Councilor Rachel Sanson did not say which ward she would run in, but said she planned to run again and wanted to thank the supporters who had helped her through “a very difficult two and a half years”.

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Mark Greening has announced he is a candidate for mayor in this year’s Tasman Borough election.

Councilor Trudie Brand said she intended to run for council again and at this stage intended to run in the Stoke/Tāhunanui ward.

Councilor Kate Fulton said she was not yet ready to announce her intentions and Councilor Gaile Noonan was unable to respond due to illness. Mayor Rachel Reese was absent and unavailable for comment.

Deputy Mayor Judene Edgar said she had “not given any thought to these machinations yet”. Councilors Pete Rainey, Yvonne Bowater and Brian McGurk also said they were still considering.

At a Glance – Tasman

CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR

BOARD APPLICATION

  • Maling kit
  • Christen Mackenzie
  • Barry Dowler
  • Trindi Walker
  • David Ogilvie
  • Celia Butler
  • Chris Hill
  • Stuart Bryant

UNDECIDED

  • Tim King
  • Dana Wensley (did not respond in time)
  • Anne Turley
  • Dean McNamara

NOT RUNNING

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Six of the thirteen incumbent elected members of Nelson City Council were either undecided or unable to say whether to run again.

In Brief – Nelson

CONSIDERING THE TOWN HALL

  • Matt Lawrey
  • Rohan O’Neill Stevens

BOARD APPLICATION

  • Brand Trudie
  • Mel Courtney
  • Rachel Sanson
  • Tim Skinner

UNDECIDED

  • Yvonne Bowater
  • Judene Edgar
  • Pete Rainey

NOT DECLARED / UNABLE TO RESPOND

  • Rachel Reese
  • Gaile Noonan
  • Kate Fulton

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