By-election date expected next month

Mayor Greg Brownless says the process to find Gail McIntosh’s replacement on Tauranga City Council is expected to begin next month. Photo: Supplied.

No date has been set yet for a by-election following the passing of Councillor Gail McIntosh.

Mayor Greg Brownless says they have chosen to hold off setting a by-election date, partly out of respect for the family.

“I imagine it will be advertised next month probably. Because even if they could do it now it’s a time when people are away.

“It’s just been a matter of trying to be respectful to her and the family. Not being too quick, but also not being too slow either.”

Gail McIntosh, a second term councillor, died on January 4. Her memorial service was held last week.

The law, the Local Electoral Act 2001, requires a by-election to be held if a vacancy occurs in a local authority 12 months before the next triennial general election, which is due on October 12, 2019.

“There definitely will be a by election, probably notified in February,” says Greg.

“I think it’s all laid down by some sort of timing. It’s got to be advertised, you allow whatever number of weeks for people to put their nominations in, and then there’s another time for the rolls to be updated and then they post the ballots out. I think it’s exactly the same time frame I believe, as a normal election.”

Gail was elected at large, so the by-election for her replacement will be across the city.

If the voting takes place in April the new city councillor will be elected before the Long Term Plan hearings.

“It would be important to my mind that whoever is elected can hear the Long Term Plan,” says Greg.


@ By The Sage

Posted on 16-01-2018 10:44 | By dbunk

Bang on the money here, We are for moving forward not moaning. a dollar more here and there with our rates given what we have here is pittance.

Excellent idea....

Posted on 15-01-2018 21:24 | By groutby unfortunate a circumstance as it may seem, it is indeed a great opportunity to have an idea as to ratepayer views on both (museum and Library) ideas, and, from the little I know about Gail, I rather think she would appreciate that...let’s do it !..

Easy to win

Posted on 15-01-2018 19:28 | By maildrop

Anyone who stands on a clear ’NO to the museum’ will win. This alone will be enough. They do not need to have any experience, voice any other issue or give the usual bull**** spiel. In fact, please don’t give the spiel as we know it’s crap. Just 4 words will be enough to get my vote.


Posted on 15-01-2018 19:25 | By waiknot

Yes Museum Referendum that explains the cost reality

@ Maryfaith

Posted on 15-01-2018 14:19 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Exactly, maybe a clear message in that for sure.

Great idea

Posted on 15-01-2018 12:47 | By thebrad

And the library!


Posted on 15-01-2018 12:30 | By The Sage

Anyone other than Murray Guy.

Museum vote opportunity!

Posted on 15-01-2018 12:08 | By Maryfaith

Council - Use this opportunity for ratepayers to vote on whether they want a museum or not! That will show up all the ’tilted’ survey results that they are trying to get us to swallow!

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