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6 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga
A DESIRE to keep the district moving forward,
is one of the reasons why the North King Country’s
incumbent mayors are seeking re-election in Octo-
ber’s local body elections.
Fifty-four-year-old Te Kuiti sheep and beef
farmer Brian Hanna, who is seeking his third term
as mayor of the Waitomo district, says the district
is on the cusp of some exciting developments.
“While Waitomo has a great economic base with
agriculture, tourism is now a big growth area na-
tionwide and locally we need to be able to harness
some of the volume of people coming into the area.
“The district has a need to keep people here long-
er which will benefit businesses, tourism operators,
and accommodation providers, and obviously jobs.
“One of the big exciting things to come will be
when Maniapoto rohe commences its drive of eco-
nomic interests, and this will be a time when the
council will need to show its support.”
Despite a comfortable 1381 vote majority at the
last election, Mr Hanna is not complacent about
“I enjoy the job, I like working for the community,
I’ll be there, but only if the people who vote want
me to continue.”
Mr Hanna is married to Andrea and has two
There is excitement in the voice of Otorohanga
mayor Max Baxter when he discusses the prospect
of a second term.
The 51-year-old dairy farmer from Te Kawa
West, says: “Having had six years exposure to local
government, three of them as mayor, I’m ready to
continue building on the community’s investment
return on that investment.
“I think you need the time to understand what
it [local government] is all about, to get a clear
understanding of what your responsibilities are.
“For example, going into this election, I can
answer the questions in a public forum with confi-
dence and knowledge rather than the big political
speak. It’s not about big talk and lofty ambitions
about what you’re going to do.
“You have to be careful, you have to be able to fol-
low them through if you are going to make the call.”
The way forward for the Otorohanga district is
very clear in Mr Baxter’s mind.
With Otorohanga being a tourism destination,
he says there are some issues which need to be
resolved like the kiwi house which needs major
“This year it’s not about making big changes as
everything is locked into the annual plan,” says
“But it’s a year of talking about where the focus
is, in terms of the growth of the township of Otoro-
hanga and about strengthening the community.
He is concerned about outside influences having
an effect on the whole district.
“The recent payout from Fonterra weighs heavily
on my mind about how as a dairy farmer who has
167ha, and 380 cows will I get through this year,
and, if there is another year to follow the same,
how do you get through that?”
“And how many years can farmers carry on run-
ning at a loss?
“It’s quite a scary time for farmers and also scary
for the wider district with support networks and
business in town having to really peel their opera-
tions back which will have an impact on a town
In the last election Mr Baxter won the mayoralty
with 1538 votes – 333 more than his nearest rival
Mr Baxter is married to Lindsay and has two
Mayors seek re-election
STANDING AGAIN: Otorohanga mayor Max Baxter has confirmed he will contest the
mayoral race in October’s local body elections for a second time. FILE PIC
THIRD TIME: Incumbent Waitomo mayor Brian Hanna is hoping to lead his council for a
third term. FILE PIC
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