By-election of the Lyttelton Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board.

The by-election for an extraordinary vacancy for one member of the Lyttelton Community Subdivision [PDF, 1.1 MB] of the Banks Peninsula Community Board was held on Wednesday 16 May 2018. The extraordinary vacancy arose from the resignation of Christine Wilson.

The by-election was conducted by postal vote using the First Past the Post voting electoral system, under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Local Electoral Regulations 2001. Election day was Wednesday 16 May, voting closed at 12 noon. 

Electoral officer

The Electoral Officer for this by-election was Jo Daly at the Christchurch City Council. Jo can be contacted by: phone 03 941 8581 or 027 236 9052 or email jo.daly@ccc.govt.nz.

Results

The final result shows Tyrone Fields is declared elected in the by-election for the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board. The Electoral Officer's declaration of result will be made on Saturday 19 May. 

Final results [PDF, 81 KB]

Preliminary results [PDF, 90 KB]

Progress results  [PDF, 95 KB]

Election returns are available via www.electionz.com(external link).

For further information please contact the Electoral Officer, Jo Daly, at the Christchurch City Council. Jo can be contacted by: phone 03 941 8581 or 027 236 9052 or email: jo.daly@ccc.govt.nz.

Candidates

Disclaimer: These candidate profiles have been compiled under the Local Electoral Act 2001. The Act provides that an electoral officer is not required to verify or investigate any information included in candidate profile statements and is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in such statements.

Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board candidate profiles [PDF, 939 KB]


COUCH-LEWIS Yvette

Yvette COUCH-LEWISMy principal residence is NOT within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board area. 

My name is Yvette Couch-Lewis and I live at Rapaki where my family has been part of this community for five generations.

I am a management professional and am a Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner. I have wide ranging work experience within the areas of conservation, project and iwi management.

Currently I am a community representative on a ministerial board and represent Ngai Tahu at a governance level. I am also the Chairperson for the governance board of the Lyttelton/Whakaraupo Whaka Ora Healthy Harbour Catchment Management Plan.

As a representative on the Banks Peninsula Community Board my goals are to:

  • Work with people who can influence and bring about change for the betterment of the Lyttelton Community.
  • Demonstrate a leadership role at a governance level to enable the aspirations of the Community Outcomes to be achieved.
  • Place consideration on the communities social, economic and environment outcomes.

DIETSCHE Paul

Paul DIETSCHEIndependent

My principal residence is within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board area.

We are very fortunate to live where we do and I believe we need to do everything we can to preserve this place.

I would like to see greater clarity and transparency in Community Board and Christchurch City Council activities and better communication between the Community Board and the people of our region. I believe we all have a vested interest in knowing what’s 
happening and how the decisions made through these entities will affect us all.

If elected to the Community Board I plan to make myself as available as possible throughout the region to listen to people in order to find out what they are most concerned and interested in as well as encouraging people to attend Community Board and CCC meetings and speak up about these things. When people are not able to attend those meetings then I hope to try to speak on their behalf.


FIELDS Tyrone

Tyrone FIELDSLabour (The People’s Choice)

My principal residence is NOT within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board area.

I’m an incredibly proud Lytteltonian.

I grew up here as part of a family that have lived in the Port for many generations. I went to school at St Joseph’s, played rugby for Lyttelton and captain a local football team. I love the town deeply.

And I have the skills and experience to be the strong advocate this town needs. After working in London as a senior analyst in major financial institutions, I’m completing a Master’s in Social Work so I can give back to our community.

I bring people together and build relationships. People should have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and I want to make sure the Community Board can connect with everyone in the Port.

I believe it’s important for people of my generation to get involved and contribute to the community. To work for Lyttelton would be a privilege.


STANBRIDGE Ashley

Ashley STANBRIDGEMy principal residence is within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board area.

I bring a new set of eyes to the Community Board, and a new voice for our community.

I have been living in Lyttelton for eight years, and have seen a huge change in the infrastructure, businesses and people living around Lyttelton Harbour.

My partner and I are new parents, and have chosen to live in the Harbour area because of its close sense of community, and its beautiful natural environment.

My professional background is in small business management, and my work is based around communicating effectively with those around me. My experience enables me to understand the requirements of those that own and work in locally owned businesses and to view the wider issues of the community as a problem solver.


STRUTHERS Robyn

Robyn STRUTHERSIndependent Citizens

My principal residence is within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board area.

I am standing to represent Lyttelton on this Board because I am passionate about our local community and the exceptional harbour environment I live and work in.

For me, being actively involved is a way of giving back to a community that offers so much to three generations of our family.

This role is about representing, and working, for you.

This by-election presents me with the opportunity to be a strong and accessible advocate for local residents and businesses.

With the recent significant growth of Lyttelton there is great responsibility to manage the pressures on infrastructure and to protect local amenities for residents.

I will work hard to ensure this progress continues in a responsible and sustainable way.

I will stand up for local interests and ensure the City Council responds to our needs.

A vote for Robyn Struthers is a vote for genuine representation.

Contact me on 0274336875.

Candidates’ return of electoral donations and expenses

All candidates for the by-election of the Lyttelton Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board must file a return of electoral donations and expenses.

The returns of all candidates:

Key dates

Tuesday 20 February
  • Public notice of by-election given
  • Nominations opened
  • Preliminary electoral roll opened for inspection
Tuesday 20 March
  • Nominations closed (12 noon)
  • Preliminary electoral roll closed
from Friday 23 March
  • Public notice given of day of by-election and candidate names
Tuesday 24 April
  • Delivery of voting documents commences
  • Progressive roll scrutiny
  • Early processing period starts
  • Special voting period starts
Tuesday 15 May
  • Last day for candidates to appoint scrutineers (12noon)
Wednesday 16 May
  • Election day
  • Voting closes 12noon
  • Preliminary results available as soon as practical
after Saturday 19 May
  • Public Notice of Declaration
by Friday 13 July
  • Return of electoral expense forms due

Voting

Voting documents were posted to all eligible electors from Tuesday 24 April 2018.

Election returns are available via www.electionz.com(external link).

The voting period was from Tuesday 24 April to 12noon on Wednesday 16 May. Electors were able to post completed voting documents back to the Electoral Officer or deliver them to the Lyttelton Library and Customer Services or the Council Civic Offices before 12 noon on Wednesday 16 May. 

Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents were available during normal business opening hours Monday to Friday at:

  • Council Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St, Christchurch
  • Lyttelton Library and Customer Services (Customer Services Desk), 18 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton

 

Information for candidates

Nominations for the vacancy opened on Tuesday 20 February and closed at 12noon on Tuesday 20 March 2018. There were five candidates for the position.

Nomination papers [PDF, 1 MB] were available from 

  • Council’s Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch
  • Lyttelton Library and Customer Services (Customer Services Desk), 18 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton
  • the Electoral Officer

Full eligibility criteria for candidates of the by-election are detailed on the reverse of the nomination form and in the Candidate Information Booklet from 2016.

In summary, candidates do not need to reside within the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula Community Board, but must be a New Zealand Citizen, enrolled as a parliamentary elector in New Zealand and be nominated by two electors who are enrolled as electors of the Lyttelton Community Subdivision. 

A by-election candidate information sheet is available below. A full candidate information booklet was produced for the 2016 local body elections. Detailed information for candidates is in this booklet along with information about campaigning requirements and election offences.  


Electoral expenses and donations

All candidates in elections held under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 must file a return of electoral donations and expenses.

A candidate is required to keep a record of all electoral donations and campaign election expense and must furnish a return to the electoral officer within 55 days of the election result being declared, no later than Friday 13 July. However if a candidate is outside New Zealand on the election result day, they have 76 days after the election result day to furnish their return.

A return of electoral donations and expenses form [PDF, 376 KB] is available.  If there is insufficient space on this form please attach a separate sheet with the additional detail.

Once the electoral expenses and electoral donations return forms and supporting documents are sent back to the Council they become a public documents and will be placed on the Council’s website and can be inspected by any person for the next seven years.

Any queries regarding these returns should be directed to the Electoral Officer 03 941 8581 or jo.daly@ccc.govt.nz.


Campaign expenditure

Candidates have campaign expenditure limits and are required to file a return to the electoral officer after the election.

Section 111 of the Local Electoral Act 2001(external link) details the maximum amount of electoral expenses. The Candidate Information Booklet includes a summary from section 111(1) of the Act of maximum amount of electoral expenses (inclusive of goods and services tax) that a candidate must not exceed.

Campaign expenditure is all expenses relating to the campaign from the period three months before election day, for example all expenditure from 8 July 2016 to 8 October 2016 plus any apportioned costs of any election campaigning before 8 July 2016 (refer to section 112 of the Local Electoral Act 2001(external link)).

If a candidate is standing for more than one position (for example Mayor and councillor) then the higher limit applies (not both combined).

The relevant sections of the Local Electoral Act 2001 on election expenses are available in the Candidate Information Booklet. Please note:

  1. Candidates are required to keep evidence of any election expenses for amounts exceeding $200
  2. All candidates must submit a return of election expenses and donations form even if no expenses have been incurred or donations received.

Electoral donations

In 2013, significant changes were made to electoral donation requirements.

The changes align the Local Electoral Act with current rules in the Electoral Act 1993 (for parliamentary elections). The changes include:

  • A limit of $1500 on the size of an anonymous donation
  • A requirement that any candidate receiving an anonymous donation of more than $1500 pay the amount over $1500 to the electoral officer (for payment into the Council’s general account)
  • Requirements for the candidate to disclose in their return of electoral expenses and donation information about all donations above $1500 (including those aggregated donations)
  • New definitions of “anonymous” and “donation”
  • New obligation on a third party, who passes on a donation to a candidate on behalf of a donor, to disclose the identity of the donor to the candidate
  • New obligation on a person administering the affairs of a candidate’s campaign to disclose the identity of the donor of an anonymous donation of more than $1500 (if known) to the candidate
  • New penalty provisions for non-compliance with the new requirements
  • Improved public access to candidate returns of electoral donations and expenses.

Donations to candidates can be made up of pooled funds contributed by more than one person (referred to as donations funded from contributions). These types of donations include, for example, campaign donations made through a trust, or where there is a fundraising collection for a candidate’s campaign.

Candidates must disclose, in their return of electoral donations and expenses, whether a donation is funded from contributions and the name and address of any individuals contributing amounts in excess of $1500. Anonymous donations made through contributions are limited to a maximum of $1500 per donation.

The electoral officer’s role is to bring these matters to the attention of all candidates.


Candidate information requests to Council

The Council published information requested by candidates in the lead up to the Lyttelton By-election.  This enabled Council information to be available to all candidates on an equal basis.

Responses to candidate requests for information week ending 4 May 2018. [PDF, 181 KB]

Queries should be referred to the Electoral Officer, Phone 941 8581 or email jo.daly@ccc.govt.nz

Electoral, residential and ratepayer rolls

Electoral Roll

Those eligible to vote in this by-election were all resident electors and non-residential ratepayer electors in the Lyttelton Community Subdivision of the Banks Peninsula ward whose names appear on the electoral roll. Voting papers were posted to electors who appear on the electoral roll. 

The electoral roll was available for public inspection from Tuesday 24 April 2018 at:

  • Council’s Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch
  • Lyttelton Library and Customer Services (Customer Services Desk), 18 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton.

A person was able to enrol as an elector up until Tuesday 15 May and vote as a special elector.

Residential Roll

All parliamentary electors are automatically enrolled on the resident roll at the address where they live.  Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll at any time by:

  • Calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56)
  • Visiting the elections website:  www.elections.org.nz(external link)
  • Completing an enrolment form available from any NZ post agency.

Ratepayer Roll

If a person is on the parliamentary roll in another area of Christchurch than the Banks Peninsula ward, and owns a property in the Lyttelton subdivision, this person may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.  A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property in the Lyttelton Community Subdivision may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person resides out of the ward).

Ratepayer Roll Enrolment forms [PDF, 549 KB] are available here or from the Electoral Officer.