Environment Waikato (Waikato Regional Council) has announced that nominations have opened for candidates wishing to stand in this year’s elections to the regional council.
There are 12 seats on EW's council - four in the Hamilton constituency, two in Waipa-King Country, and one each in Central Waikato, Matamata-Piako, North Waikato-Hauraki, South Waikato-Rotorua, Taupo and Thames-Coromandel.
EW's area of responsibility covers the whole of the wider Waikato region from the Bombay Hills in the north to Mt Ruapehu in the south, and from the mouth of the Waikato River to Mokau on the west coast, across to the Coromandel Peninsula on the east.
The region contains nationally important electricity generation facilities and an internationally significant dairy sector. It is also home to iconic natural features which are key tourist attractions, such as Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, and the country’s largest river, the mighty Waikato.
Environment Waikato’s responsibilities include:
· sustainable management of natural and physical resources, including pest control.
· planning regional growth and transport, and providing bus services.
· civil defence, emergency response, navigation safety, dam safety, flood management, erosion control and road safety.
The electoral officer for EW, Maureen Poole, said anyone wishing to stand as a candidate for the regional council must get their nominations in by 12pm on Friday, 20 August.
"Local government and local democracy are fundamental to our society, giving the opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard. The councillors take on a leadership role in the region representing the views of the community.
"We encourage people from all sections of the community to consider standing in the elections.
"Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll."
For further information on standing as a candidate please contact: Maureen Poole at Environment Waikato, freephone 0800 800 401 or visit Environment Waikato’s elections website at http://ew.govt.nz/About-EW/Local-Authority-Elections-2010/(external link).
Voting papers will be sent out from 17 September and must be returned by midday on election day which is 9 October.