22 Dec 2016

Seven to contest $104k Auckland local board by-election

3:20 pm on 22 December 2016

Seven candidates will contest a local board by-election in Auckland, prompted by a politician who resigned within minutes of being sworn in.

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The by-election in February will cost ratepayers $104,000. Photo: 123rf

The seven will seek the seat on the Botany subdivision of the Howick Local Board, following the resignation of Lucy Schwaner, the wife of local National MP Jami-Lees Ross.

Ms Schwaner was elected to the Howick Local Board, but when she failed to be chosen as chairperson after being sworn-in, she quit, triggering a by-election.

Auckland Council said Ms Schwaner was paid $1592.32 after tax, for the almost three weeks between election confirmation on 16 October and quitting on 4 November.

The Vision and Voice ticket, for which Ms Schwaner stood, is not contesting the election, despite holding all but one of the seats on the board.

The by-election in February will cost ratepayers $104,000.