Horowhenua could see a brand “new look” Council if the 19 nominations received for five seats in the Levin Ward is any indication.
So just who is standing as a candidate in the October 2019 local body elections for Horowhenua District Council, Foxton Community Board and MidCentral District Health Board?
There are three candidates standing to be mayor of the district including sitting Mayor Michael Feyen, and Levin Ward Crs Victoria Kaye Simmons and Bernie Wanden.
Indications there will be potentially big shifts in the district are in the Kere Kere Ward, which includes Foxton and Foxton Beach, with six candidates standing for two seats.
Kere Kere candidates for the Council include sitting councillor Ross Brannigan and three sitting Foxton Community Board members Jenny Lundie, John Girling and David Allan. Mr Allan was a long term former – and loyal – district councillor under former mayor Brendan Duffy.
Also standing for the Kere Kere Ward are two newbies Brett Russell and Tina Waelen.
For one seat on the Council representing the Miranui Ward, which includes Shannon and Opiki to the north east of the district, five nominations have been received from Robert Ketu of Ngati Whakatere, Matt Clark, Oakley Tahiwi-Macmillian, Robert Warrington and Les Frost.
Mr Frost has been a Foxton Community Board member and Mr Warrington is a former trustee of Lake Horowhenua Trust.
Mr Warrington is also standing for the Foxton Community Board which indicates he is going for the potentially “soft” electoral targets to increase his chances of being elected.
Mr Warrington is embroiled in a Maori Land Court case challenging the legitimacy of the former trustees. Until a decision is made by Judge Harvey the Trust is administered by sole court appointed trustee Clinton Hemana.
In the Waiopehu Ward, which covers an extensive area of the district – both North and South, so far there are six candidates for two seats including sitting councillor’s Christine Mitchell and controversial deputy mayor Wayne Bishop.
Also standing for Waiopehu Ward are Viv Bold, Chris Hartwell, Judy Webby and Richard Cornell.
There are seven candidates standing for five seats on Foxton Community Board including sitting chair David Roache, deputy chair Tricia Metcalf and John Girling who is also standing for the Kere Kere Ward. The four new candidates are Christel Hamer, Ngarie Newland, Trevor Chambers and Mr Warrington.
The 19 candidates for the Levin Ward include former Kere Kere Ward Cr Neville Gimblett, Mayoral candidate Cr Victoria Kaye Simmons, and Crs Piri Hira Tukapua and Jo Mason.
Also former councillor under Mr Duffy, Leigh McMeeken (who was formerly known as Leigh Griffen), has thrown her hat in the ring.
So too has Lake Horowhenua Trust former trustee and secretary Kelly Tahiwi.
Also standing in the Levin Ward is Horowhenua Greypower president Terry Hemmingsen, Horowhenua Ratepayer and Residents chair Christine Moriarty, Paul King, Mike Lepper and former unsuccessful candidate Graeme Galley.
Other Levin candidates include Sam Jennings, Nina Hori Te Pa, Todd Isaacs, Terisa Ngobi, Iraia Peni, Ginny Williams, Alan Young and Mike Barker.