Kaipara Mayor, Jason Smith

Mayor stands for re-election

by Paul Campbell

Kaipara Mayor Jason Smith has announced that he will stand for re-election at the upcoming October local body elections, after winning the February 2018 by-election that followed the 2017 resignation of former mayor, Greg Gent.

Dr Smith says he believes Kaipara District Council has made real progress in the 18 months he’s been mayor. “Local people are telling me they’re noticing changes, that they feel better about council than they used to do and that they can see real progress is being made,” he said.

“I’ve only had half of one term as mayor so far, and I’m only just warming up. I seek re-election because I’m passionate about the mighty Kaipara and our people and potential. Kaipara deserves stable leadership after a checkered past. A second term for me will help settle the ship, build on the foundations of the last 18 months and continue making real progress for our district.”

Dr Smith says the $27 million of Provincial Growth Fund announcements of grants for Kaipara roads, wharves and food production was a great step forward for the district. The announcements and hosting of the prime minister, deputy PM and other cabinet ministers in February showed Kaipara was moving ahead. “We’re making real progress here, getting on with the job and I’m loving it,” he says.

Local authority polls will be held on October 12 along with community and local boards, district health boards and licensing trusts.

The Electoral Commission enrolment starts on July 1, with nominations open on July 19 and closing at noon on August 16. Voting documents will be delivered to households from September 20–25. For more information, visit elections.org.nz/voting-system/local-elections.