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Four standing for vacant Community Board post
December 23rd, 2016
[by David Armstrong]
Four people have put their hands up to stand in the by-election for the vacant fourth position on the Motueka Community Board.
Up to yesterday's noon nomination deadline, the Council received nominations from (in alphabetical order) Maxwell Clark, Barry Dowler, Matthew Galvin and Lealofi Pouri-Lane.
Voting will be by postal vote using the first past the post system, and will open on Thursday January 26th.
Voting will close at 12 noon on election day, Friday February 17th.
Only those residents and ratepayers who are registered electors in the Motueka Ward will receive voting papers and be entitled to vote.
Barry Dowler was first to submit his nomination papers, a month ago (see our earlier story). Until the October local body elections, Barry had served three terms (nine years) on the Tasman District Council, and prior to that four years on the Motueka Community Board. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of district council engineering matters.
Maxwell Clark was next to put his name forward last week. He lives in Richmond and was the third-placed of the three candidates for the Tasman District mayoralty this year. He manages the ambulance services provider MediMax.
Matthew Galvin is well known to many as the owner of the Kai Waka Cafe in High Street, and is already working hard for Motueka businesses as co-vice chair of the Our Town Motueka business group.
Lealofi Pouri-Lane is very active in the community and is part of a talented and busy Samoan Motueka family. She is a parent representative on the Motueka High School Board of Trustees.
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