Local Elections 2022

$9.23c – the cost of a vote

Waipā ratepayers paid a Christchurch company $9.23c for every vote cast in the recent local body elections. The $145,000 bill from ElectionNZ to run the election netted 15,703 votes for a 39.65 per cent return….

Women in charge

Breaking News: 3 November midday Waipā Networks Trust has appointed Sarah Matthews as its new chairperson, the first woman to lead the trust. David McLean was chosen as the trust’s deputy chairperson. Matthews, a chartered…

The story about Storey

Pamela Storey is under no illusion she’s got a tough road ahead of her as Waikato Regional Council chair. “I understand fully how big this role is,” she told The News this week. It was…

New council sworn in

The next three years will bring economic challenges and once in a lifetime legislative reform which by its very nature will bring uncertainty, debate and trials, says Waipā’s first female mayor Susan O’Regan. Speaking at…

Mayor, deputy set new course

It’s going to be the ‘Susan and Liz Roadshow’ from here on with senior staff members along for the ride. Waipā District’s new mayor Susan O’Regan and deputy Liz Stolwyk have embarked on a meet…

“Fake news” claims rejected

The Media Council has rejected complaints by failed mayoral candidate Chris Woodhams and supporter Brenda Stamp about coverage in The News. Woodhams claimed The News presented him as a timewaster and produced “misinformation” to cause…

Regional top job: Tails for head?

A coin toss could decide who chairs Waikato Regional Council this term, continuing what has been a tumultuous 2022 for the council. Lobbying for the position of chair – the third this year – began…

Code of complaint laid

Journalist Paul Barlow, who kept Waikato candidates entertained during the local body elections, has lodged a Code of Conduct complaint against Te Awamutu Community Board member Kane Titchener over comments he made to him online….

Left out in the cold 

Election comment Well, the great lead-up and excitement heralding last week’s local body elections fizzled out as a damp squib in voter turnout terms. Pitifully low interest was shown – most of which was possibly…

Getting to know them…

Mike Keir says first things first – the new look Waikato District Council’s first task is about relationships. He and Crystal Beavis – near neighbours in Tamahere – join the council, with new mayor Jacqui…

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