November 03, 2015
Good turnout for Te Arawa board elections
Almost 3000 votes were cast for the first Te Arawa Partnership Board, ten times the number in the last Te Arawa Standing Committee election.
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick says that’s a great endorsement of the new body and bodes well for the partnership between the Rotorua Lakes District Council and the iwi.
A quarter of eligible voters participated, with 26 candidates standing for 14 seats.
Two members of the former six-member standing committee, Kingi Biddle and Potaua Biasiny-Tule, were elected onto the new body but a third, Rene Mitchell, missed out.
Ms Chadwick says nearly a quarter of votes were done online, which shows what could be achieved if online voting is introduced at next year’s local body election.
The new Te Arawa Partnership Board should be in place by December.
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