Twelve Nominations for Central Ward By-Election

Democracy at work – twelve people have put their name forward for the vacant ward seat.

Twelve, that is a huge number – are people upset at the direction the Hutt Council is taking?

Either way they all thought it was worth the $200 to put their name forward.

Voting will be by postal vote with voting papers starting to arrive in the mail to households in the Central Ward from 19 August 2021. Voting will close at noon on 10 September 2021.

The candidates are:

  • Glenda Barratt – Independent
  • Phil Caswell
  • Henry Clayton – Independent
  • Andrew Fox – Independent
  • Andrea Hilton
  • Michael Lulich – Independent
  • Simon Monrad
  • Thomas Morgan – Independent
  • Evelyn Richter
  • Ash Roper
  • Faran Shahzad – Independent
  • Colin Wilson – Independent

Lack of Confidence in Leadership of Hutt City Council – reason for Bassett resignation

Councillor David Bassett tendered his resignation in June 14 to the CEO of Hutt City Council Jo Miller.

At the time there was little knowledge as to the reason such an experienced councillor of 14 years had taken this course of action.

There is no doubt there is dysfunction at the council table, about how things are being managed, but to take the step of standing down and causing a By Election in the Central Ward is a last resort to express ones disappointment the direction the sitting council is taking.

The following post from Facebook is a group letter from Councillors sent to the Mayor requesting he stand down and provides some insight into this level of disagreement that is occurring at the Hutt City Council table – basically older councillors versus the new – Whatever way it is viewed the ratepayers deserve a functioning council that takes all points into consideration, without the need for a $50,000 (estimated) By Election in the Central Ward.