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Two seek spot on Greytown board

Greytown residents and ratepayers will soon vote to fill a vacancy on the Greytown Community Board.

Janette Gedge and Neil Morison are vying for the position, left vacant after the October local body elections attracted just three candidates to the four-member board.

The successful candidate will join Greytown Community Board chair Louise Brown, deputy chair Warren Woodgyer, and Jo Woodcock.

South Wairarapa District Council said postal voting papers should arrive in the mail for Greytown ward voters from Thursday.

Voting opens that day and closes at 12 noon on Friday, February 17.

In her candidate statement, Gedge said she has lived in Greytown for more than five years, and is looking forward to representing “the ideas, feelings, and thoughts of residents and ratepayers”.

“Now that I am retired from working, I have time and energy to give back to the community,” she said.

“I have been a trustee of Cobblestones for the past four years and, prior to that, have volunteered with many local groups including the Plimmerton Residents’ Association, as well as being on the board of a global charity.

“I would love to bring my experience in working with local and central government to Greytown Community Board.”

In Morison’s candidate statement, he said he is passionate about “community voice influencing the decisions we make as a community board”.

“I would like to see our community board supporting business innovation while also supporting the maintenance of our town centre heritage and the growth of sporting and cultural opportunities for our families, and the children who will be our community’s future.”

Morison describes himself as a “born and bred Greytown person”.

Special voting facilities will be available at the council office in Martinborough during normal office hours over the voting period.

People who are not on the electoral roll can enrol or amend their details before 5pm Thursday, February 16.


    Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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