BayBuzz brings a particular orientation to covering the candidates in this year’s local body elections. We focus on the non-incumbents … the challengers.

Only for the simple reason that the incumbents – some of whom have served 9, 12, or 15 years – have all the advantages going into the campaign. They’ve had heaps of media exposure over their years, pictures of their faces smiling at us regularly in official Council publications and websites, rivers of Council-issued media releases, invitations to all the “be seen” events.

And even plenty of time to actually have accomplished something for which they might deserve public acclaim … despite the protests of some, like Regional Councillor Ewan McGregor and Hastings Councillor Kevin Watkins, who say it takes two terms (i.e., six years!) just to learn the job.

With all this exposure, if a given incumbent representing you does not already have your vote – right now, even before you’ve see your voting papers and learnt about the challengers – then you might be saying to yourself … they probably haven’t done a very compelling job!

So let’s look at the challengers.

BayBuzz writers Keith Newman, Katherine Edmond, Mark Sweet and myself interviewed seventeen challengers to write these profiles for the September issue of BayBuzz Digest — all the Hastings Council challengers, the Regional Council challengers for the Hastings and Napier Wards (BayBuzz’s coverage area), and the mayoral challenger in Napier. [We would have done more from Napier, but NCC, unlike other councils, didn’t see fit to identify candidates until after the official nomination window closed.]

So meet the challengers …

Hastings Council

Regional Council

Napier Mayoralty

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  1. Rubbish. I said that it takes two terms for a newcomer to develop the experience for Regional Council Chairmanship.

  2. Is Ewan McGregor referring to statements he made in HB Todays letters 28th Aug on member term limitations put up by Cr Bradshaw

    A number of nations founded on democratic principles practice this. It deters anti-democratic dictatorial cartels such as those in HB to a greater or lesser extent

    Cr McGregor’s self serving letter in HB Today is no surprise. Elected turkeys making a career from the public purse would not be receptive to term limitations and an early Christmas and finding themselves prematurely stuffed

  3. when someone sees themself as so enmeshed within the machinery of governance that they can't imagine how that machine would function if they were not there, then they are past their use-by date.

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