There will be 5 confirmed candidates to contest the mayoral seat in Whakatane before the nominations close this Friday 16 August.

There are two others still contemplating to stand as mayoral candidates. The confirmed candidates are Fiona Wiremu, Scott Jarrett, David Dowd, Tony Bonne and Barry Marshall from Whakatane but currently living in Auckland.

The two candidates still thinking are Julie Jukes and Mawera Karetai, but they need to get a move on in case they miss the 12noon deadline this Friday.

Ka tokorima nga tangata e whakataetae ana i te turanga koromatua o Whakatane i mua atu i te katinga o nga tapatanga a tenei Ramere te tekau ma ono o Here-turi-koka. Otira etahi tokorua kei te whakaaro tonu raua kia tuku o raua ingoa ki te kahui whakataetae i te turanga koromatua. Ko nga tangata kua whakatauhia o ratau tapatanga ko Fiona Wiremu, Scott Jarrett, David Dowd, Tony Bonne ratau ko Barry Marshall o Whakatane engari kei Tamaki-makau-rau e noho ana. Nga tokorua kei te maharahara tonu  ko Julie Jukes raua ko Mawera Karetai otira me kakama raua koi taha ke raua hei te tekau ma rua haora ahiahi a tenei Ramere.