Dunedin council elections: Pair first to enter as nominations open

4:44 pm on 16 July 2022

By Grant Miller of Otago Daily Times

Nominations have opened for Dunedin City Council and first out of the blocks in the election race were two women both standing for council and the mayoralty.

Dunedin City Council

Voting for the Dunedin council elections ends at noon on October 8 Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Carmen Houlahan got her form in just before Mandy Mayhem-Bullock yesterday morning.

Houlahan said she was nominated by her mother Kate Wilson and former priest Peter Collett.

She described her mother as a mentor and an inspiration.

Houlahan said Dunedin was a shining light for wildlife, fashion, film, digital technology and the start-up sector but change was needed to support businesses and improve engagement with the community.

Mayhem-Bullock, a Waikouaiti Coast Community board member for the past two terms and the self-described "mayor of Waitati", is standing just for the council and mayoralty this time.

The list of people who have publicly declared an intention to vie for the mayoralty stands at six so far.

Aaron Hawkins is seeking re-election, and he along with Houlahan and Mayhem-Bullock are expected to be joined in the race by Jules Radich, Lee Vandervis and former councillor Bill Acklin, who has a background in the entertainment industry.

Nominations for the mayoralty, council and community boards close at noon on 12 August.

Info evening

People who want to know more about standing for the Dunedin City Council can attend an information evening this month.

It is being held at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum on 27 July at 6pm.

Acting city council chief executive Robert West said it was important for people from across the community to put themselves forward for election so a wide range of views would be represented at the decision-making table.

"Local body elections are an opportunity for people who are passionate about their community, and who have strong leadership skills, to put their names forward and help shape the direction of our city," West said.

People standing for election have to be New Zealand citizens and on the electoral roll.

A $200 deposit is required.

Postal voting is used in the elections and people need to be enrolled by August 12 to receive voter packs, which will be mailed out from 16 September.

Voting ends at noon on 8 October.

- This story was first published on the Otago Daily Times

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