Postal voting papers for the local government elections and Whakatāne’s fluoride referendum will be mailed from today and should be received by all registered voters by Wednesday, 25 September.

Postal votes can be made as soon as the papers are received, with voting open till midday on Saturday, 12 October. Anyone who does not receive voting papers will need to cast a special vote, which can be done at the Whakatāne District Council’s Commerce Street Office, or the Murupara Service Centre, during normal opening hours.

If you have recently changed address, turned 18, have lived in the Whakatāne District for over a month, or have spoilt or lost your original papers, you may apply for a special vote.

Votes can be cast for Mayor, Ward Councillors, Community Board members in the case of Rangitāiki, Tāneatua and the Galatea Subdivision of the Murupara Community Board, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, BOP District Health Board and the Fluoride Referendum.

Hei te wenerei e tu mai nei ka whakawhiwhihia nga kainga puta noa i Whakatane etahi pepa pooti hei whakakiitanga mo te tau pooti mo nga turanga nui a te kaunihera matua. Ka tuwhera te waahi mo te hunga ki pooti mai tenei tae atu ki te tekau ma rua o Whiringa a nuku. Mo te hunga kare i whiwhi i tetahi o nga pepa pooti, kua whai waahi atu tetahi wahanga mo te hunga ki te kaunihera a rohe o Whakatane. Ko nga pooti kua whai waahi mo tenei tau, ko te turanga koromatua, nga kaunihera o Whakatane, nga mema o te komiti whakahaere i te poari o Rangitaiki, Taneatua, me Galatea.