Waihī Beach residents will vote to fill the vacant Community Board seat following the resignation of Alan Kurtovich, Western Bay of Plenty District Council has announced.
Mr Kurtovich is stepping down from the role, effective immediately, triggering a Western Bay of Plenty District Council by-election to select a new Community Board member.
A by-election must be held to fill the vacant seat because it is more than 12 months before the next local body election in 2025.
Mr Kurtovich received 844 votes in the October 2022 local body elections, alongside Ross Goudie (809), Dani Simpson (740) and Heather Marie Guptill (527) and was appointed Deputy Chairperson.
Electoral Officer, Dale Ofsoske, began the by-election process on Friday – with nomination papers now available to pick up and the electoral roll available for inspection.
To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be enrolled as a Parliamentary elector; be a New Zealand citizen; and be nominated by two electors of the Waihī Beach Community Board area.
If more than one nomination is received when nominations close at midday on Friday 22 September, a postal ballot will be held for the electors of the Waihī Beach Community Board area.
If voting is required, it will run from Friday 27 October to Saturday 18 November.