Nominations for candidates seeking election as a Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor for the Mauao Maori constituency open next Monday.
The January 16 date is when a by-election for the constituency is formally publicly notified.
The by-election will be held from March 20 to April 11 2017, to fill the vacancy left by the death of Councillor Awanui Black on November 30 2016.
“It's important to re-fill this seat so that Mauao Māori constituents can continue to have a voice on Council,” says Electoral Officer Robyn Garrett.
Nomination criteria, forms and further information will be available from next week at www.boprc.govt.nz/byelection or by contacting the Electoral Officer, phone 0800 884 881 ext 8376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate nominations must be lodged with the Electoral Officer by 12pm on Monday, February 13.
Only voters registered on the Maori electoral roll in the Mauao Maori constituency will be eligible to vote in the by-election in March 2017.
The Mauao Maori constituency extends from the top of the Kaimai Mamaku ranges to Waihi Beach and Otamarakau, including Katikati, Tauranga, Matakana, Te Puke, Maketu, Pongakawa and the surrounding areas.