Opportunities to serve locally
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is encouraging residents to put their names forward for this year’s local authority elections.
Mrs Dean said sound local government remained as important today as ever.
"Almost each and every day new and, in some few cases, unplanned for events placed demands on district councils. To handle these communities had to maintain effective community leaders who were good listeners, communicators and decision-makers to help run their districts.
"These skills are necessary as councils today manage more than $96 billion in fixed assets and contribute more than $8 billion to New Zealand’s GDP each year.
"With more than 200 ethnicities across New Zealand including 345,000 Pacific peoples resident throughout, it is important representatives from these groups also played a role around council boardroom tables. Local democracy always works more effectively when more people's voices and ideas added to the mix," Mrs Dean said.
Nominations are now open for district, city and regional councils, local and community boards, licensing trusts and district health boards.
Electoral officers are accepting nominations until 12pm on Friday 12 August.
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru.