The council webpage on it is here.
- You don’t need to live in the Waikanae ward, but your nomination must signed by two people who do. You need to pay a deposit of $200 which you get back if you win or get more than a quarter of the votes of the winner.
- Nominations close at noon on Friday 11 September
- If a ballot is needed because there is more than one nomination, voting documents will be delivered between 16–21 October
- The deadline for return of voting papers is noon Saturday 7 November 2020.
A knowledge of Waikanae will be an advantage, but not essential. If you take the job seriously, an average of 8-10 hours a week will be involved. This isn’t just in attending formal meetings, but informal ones, meetings with staff on matters within the board’s sphere of advocacy, an appointment on a council subcommittee or focus group and other activities as you chose within the community.
The pay will work out below the minimum wage.
Don’t expect glamour or official recognition — the coverage of Geoffrey’s resignation in the Kapiti News and Observer was probably the most newspaper coverage that any Kapiti Community Board has had in the last 5 years.
In Waikanae you’ll need to put up with a self-obsessed ward councillor who often doesn’t listen to what others have to say and is almost devoid of people skills.
More significantly, however, we have a Mayor and Chief Executive who regard community boards as a nuisance and would like to be rid of them.
But don’t let us put you off…