This is a statutory deadline and can’t be extended.

As well as the nomination form you need a mugshot, a 150 word statement in English, Maori or both, and a $200 deposit which is returned if you get enough votes.

You can also state which political affiliation you represent, but so far none have, not even Holborow who announced she was standing under the Labour banner. Maybe she has realised that it’s the kiss of death in Waikanae and Otaki, probably also in Paraparaumu and Raumati?

In case anyone is wondering, Geoffrey is not standing for a position; the lessons of 2020 were learned — it’s very hard to publicly criticize people in a statutory body you are part of. Privately is a different matter.