SunLive – Tauranga City Council elections: Who’s running?

On July 20, Tauranga voters will take part in their first city council election since 2019.

The last council was dismissed by the Minister for Local Government and replaced by commissioners, whose extended mandate is about to end.

The elections are not synchronized with the national election, meaning the eight general district councillors, the Māori district councilor and the voter-elected mayor will be in power until 2028, four years instead of the usual three.

Read on to find out who will be standing in the 2024 Tauranga City Council election, as well as information about voting.

Nominations closed at noon. This article will be updated as more candidates are officially confirmed by the council.

NZME has contacted some indicated candidates who are not yet on the official list but who today confirmed they were applying.

Former mayors Greg Brownless and Tenby Powell have confirmed they will run for office. Brownless said he was running only for mayor and Powell said he was running only in the Matua-Otumoetai district. Former Councilman John Robson confirmed that he will run for mayor and in the Bethlehem district.

Tauranga mayoral candidates

Tanya Bamford-King – Independent

The business owner and mother says she has lived in Tauranga for 26 years and describes her work as supporting small and medium-sized businesses here and abroad. She says she has experience in financial and people management, as well as strong financial, leadership, understanding and decision-making skills. Her priorities are to lead a cohesive, informed and effective board that balances individual, cultural and business needs. She is also standing at Matua-Otūmoetai.

Mahe Drysdale

The Olympic rowing gold medalist, who became a financial advisor after retiring from the sport, says he is focused on the future and wants to lead a new generation of strong, responsible leadership that will create a modern and attractive city. Tauranga-raised and Cambridge-based Drysdale says the impact of population growth, major infrastructure builds and city center redevelopment are issues the new council will need to address.

Antonio Goddard

The Chill Tradies and Bay Air business owner and father of two has returned home after running a business in Australia for eight years with a desire to revitalize Tauranga. He says that, as a young and enthusiastic entrepreneur, he brings fresh ideas and a commitment to transparency. He aims to become mayor to drive sustainable growth, improve infrastructure and foster an inclusive community by making Tauranga great again. He is also standing in Arataki.

Chudleigh Haggett

Chudleigh Haggett says strong leadership, understanding of local government, business and people management are prerequisites for any mayor. Its policy is “Taxpayers Decide” and believes that as one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, planning and preparation for Tauranga’s future should be guided by taxpayers or their elected representatives in conjunction with the expertise of the staff. This can be achieved by working together with a good leader. He is also standing at Te Papa.

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Born and raised in Tauranga, Hall is an award-winning singer and mother of three. Of Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Pūkenga descent, she is committed to a connected, inclusive and thriving community. The 45-year-old, who studies regional development, says she wants Tauranga to become a city of arts and culture, attracting more tourism and business. Hall wants to address the city’s infrastructure and housing challenges and future-proof it for generations to come. She is also standing in Pāpāmoa.

Tim Maltby – Our rates are too high

Maltby is an engineer with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He says he was born and raised in Tauranga and has been back for the past 20 years. He is against big spending, debt and massive rate increases. He says to spend carefully on the basics and reduce waste, the council must reorganize to make it more effective, listen to residents rather than big businesses, scrap CBD projects, build facilities in suburbs and stop construction of skyscrapers in Monte. . He is also standing in Pāpāmoa.

Douglas Owens – Independent

The former Bay of Plenty regional councilor says he is keen to re-enter local politics to set a new council standard driven by accountability in planning, development, audit/risk and people. Owens, son of former mayor Sir Bob Owens, says he is determined to move Tauranga forward through practical community-focused solutions and growth for change. Owens is committed to reviewing all aspects of work completed and planned by management and council commissioners.

Tina Salisbury – People and progress above politics

The former deputy mayor was part of the ousted council in 2019. She says she was not involved in interpersonal politics and that the city needs to move forward. Salisbury, who claims community and business leadership, aims to rebuild trust by cultivating a cohesive and inclusive team that values ​​community involvement. She says she is values-driven and focused on working with communities, tangata whenua and regional and national partners to find solutions.

Councilor candidates in Tauranga

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Suaree Borell – Learn, Lead and Leverage

Ashley Hillis


Sara-Jane Bourne

Antonio Goddard

Teresa Killian

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Kim Renshaw

Jeroen Van der Beek

Andrea Webster

Harris Williams

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Charlene Apaapa

Shelley Archibald

Felicity Auva’a

Gerry Hodgson

Bevan Rakoia

Kevin Schuler


tAnya Bamford-King – Independent

Ronald Chamberlain

Glen Crowther

Suzie Edmonds – Independent

Cam Holden – Independent

Jim McKinlay

Basie Pikimaui – Tauranga Moana Kokiritia

Mike Rayner: for maintaining our current facility.

Mauao/Mount Maunganui

Heidi Hughes

Garth Mathieson

Teresa Nichols

Michael O’Neill

Jen Scoular


Bryan Arquero

Philip Coleman

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Maaka Nelson

Tim Maltby: Our rates are too high

Steve Morris – Defending Pāpāmoa on council

Shelley Robb – independent


Marcos Decke

Chudleigh Haggett

Reihana Marx

Terry Molloy

Jim Smith – Loyal and local

Rod Taylor

Barbara Turley


Murray Guy – Democracy for Tauranga

Larry Baldock – Let’s Keep Moving Forward

Marten Rozeboom

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Ethan Brinkman – Ethan for Reason

Cameron Templer – Action Over Words

Who can vote in Tauranga elections?

You must:

  • to be 18 years old or more
  • Be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have a valid resident visa
  • Have a visa that does not require you to leave New Zealand within a specific time
  • Have lived in New Zealand, continuously, at any time for one year or more.
  • Have lived at your current Tauranga address for more than a month.

You may also be eligible if you are:

  • A non-resident taxpayer who has requested registration on the taxpayer list
  • A resident outside Tauranga appointed by a firm, company, corporation or partnership that pays rates for property in Tauranga.

How to register to vote in Tauranga elections

You can check if you are registered or register via the website. You must have a New Zealand driver’s license, New Zealand passport or a RealMe verified identity.

Whichever way you sign up, you will need to sign the form. If you are unable to complete or sign the form due to a physical or mental disability, please ask your support person for help, as they may be able to act on your behalf if they have power of attorney.

If you are unable to register online, you may receive an emailed or posted registration form for you to sign and return. You can also call 0800 367656 to request a registration form or text 3676 to have a form sent to you.

Completed forms can be emailed to [email protected] or posted at the Electoral Commission, Freepost 2 enrol, PO Box 190, Wellington 6140.

How to vote in Tauranga elections

Each voting pack includes a pamphlet with candidate information, which should arrive in your mailbox starting June 29 if you are registered.

Vote by completing the form, placing it in the free return envelope included in the package and sending it by post or dropping it in an orange voting bin at Tauranga supermarkets.

Anyone who posts their vote must do so before July 16. Ballot papers can also be dropped off, in their envelopes, at the Tauranga City Library or Mount Hub.

When is the Tauranga election?

May 24: Candidate nominations close

June 29 to July 3: delivery of voting ballots

June 29: special voting begins

July 17: Last day to post your voting form

July 19: Last day to register and vote

July 20: Election Day, voting closes at 12 p.m.

July 20: Preliminary results announced

July 23-25: presentation of final results

Sources: Tauranga City Council,

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