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Auckland Council

Howick Ward by-election 2018

As a result of the passing of a councillor from the Howick Ward, a by-election is now required to fill the vacancy. The by-election will be held by postal vote, with results declared on Thursday 13 September 2018.

​Nomination period

Nominations closed at 12pm on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Candidates for Howick ward by-election

COLLINGS, Jessica Rose (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

Jessica has learnt her entire life of council waste and is standing to put a stop to it. Howick, Pakuranga, Botany ratepayers pay almost one hundred million dollars annually. Jessica will see that more of this money is spent within our area instead of going to pet projects within Auckland. Important projects such as AMETI and sorting out traffic congestion has taken too long and she will see the issues get action. Library, arts and aquatic facilities need to be developed within Flat Bush serving that growing community now, not later. Also the recent maintenance contract has been a debacle. "I know the local board asked for local contractors, but were ignored, this has to stop!" Council needs to take heed of what the community want, of those who pay their wages and get back to core business. Jessica brings years of experience and determination to get the job done.


My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

Jim is a long-standing resident of the Howick Ward who is concerned about the sale of community assets in the eastern region where historical community-funded assets are being earmarked for disposal; he is a member of the Howick Ratepayers and Residents Association determined to retain the 360 degree views from Stockade Hill; promotes ferry transport; is a Howick/Pakuranga Voluntary Patroller; Justice of the Peace; an Auckland Ambassador promoting the economic benefit of tourism by meeting national and international visitors as Howick's 'Town Crier'. Jim spent 21 years in the New Zealand Police Department working in team policing, as a dog handler and as Howick's Community Constable. He is a former Manukau City Councillor and current Howick Local Board member.

LIGHT, Damian (Putting East Auckland First)

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

With business and governance experience, combined with strong community connections, Damian Light has an unrivalled mix of what's needed to be your councillor.

"Council is undertaking unprecedented investment in the rest of Auckland and I'll ensure East Auckland is no longer left behind. I will demand an honest and accountable council, challenge reckless spending and battle to protect our neighbourhoods and heritage and put the people of East Auckland first."

"I'll make sure we get our fair share of funding; fast-track the Eastern Busway, arrest shoddy park maintenance, put the handbrake on rates increases, protect our parks frmo sell-offs, transform transport, take urgent action against flooding and make every beach swimmable."

"With your support, I will provide the vision and leadership to tackle the tough issues, put in the hard work and ensure the people of East Auckland are heard at the council table."

Vote Damian Light for Council.

MONTGOMERY, Olivia (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

I'm back! Two years older and a heck of a lot of wiser since the election in 2016 but my enthusiasm, commitment and passion for the community has not been diminished. The past two years I've been working towards accessibility for people with disabilities, involved with drug, consent and sex education programmes in the wider community aiming at keeping our young people safe and educated as well as being involved in arts and music projects soon to be showcased in our community. Then suddenly due to unfortunate circumstances we as a ward have been given the opportunity for a by-election for a temporary spot on the Auckland Council for the first time in 21 years!

Consider it my trial period!

TAYLOR, Phil (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

I've lived and worked in Howick for over 14 years as a journalist/editor of three community newspapers. My numerous voluntary roles include serving on the board of Uxbridge and MC-ing public events such as Lions in the Park, Euro Car Show and the local Santa Parade.

Working in and for this community has helped me recognise the needs and desires of the Howick people from childhood through to their senior years. My aim is to improve how both individuals and businesses in our community can be better supported by council.

I'm determined to see improvements, particularly on transport, in-fill housing, lowering rates, and keeping the area safe and clean.

As a proven, dedicated hardworking person, I look forward to the opportunity to use my business skills to further our area in all council matters. I'm eager to serve you, and therefore as for you to vote for me, Phil Taylor.

YOUNG, Paul (Independent)

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Ward area.

Paul is an independent candidate with a determination to ensure the needs of all who live in Howick and East Auckland are heard by Council.

He is committed to sensible transport solutions with shuttle buses to transport hubs and reducing crime, having served as an advisor to the NZ Police Asian Advisory Board.

Paul has a Bachelor's degree of international business from Asia and studied marketing at Auckland University. His company, Paul Young International has brought the renowned pianist Richard Clayderman and leading Chinese performers to New Zealand. He has long organised Chinese New Year Celebrations for SKYCITY and owns the online photographic service, previously Wow Digital Images in Somerville.

On a personal level, Paul immigrated to New Zealand in 1989 and settled in Howick where he and his wife Rosana have lived and raised their two children.

Phone: 09 5373317

​Voting period

If you are correctly enrolled on the New Zealand electoral roll and live within the Howick ward you will be eligible to vote in this by-election.

Visit to enrol or check your details are accurate.

​You can also check if you live in the relevant area using the Find your ward tool.

Voting documents will be posted to eligible voters from Wednesday 22 August.

The three-week voting period is from Wednesday 22 August to 12pm on Thursday 13 September.

Ways to vote

 By post

​The by-election will use the postal voting system.To ensure your vote is counted, it needs to be posted by Monday 10 September 2018.

All voting packs include an addressed return envelope.

 In person

Take your vote to the Electoral Office at Election Services, Level 2, 198 Federal Street or a participating library or service centre, before 12 noon on Thursday 13 September 2018.

You can cast your vote at the following locations:

  • Electoral Office
    Level 2, 198 Federal Street
  • Howick Library
    25 Uxbridge Rd
  • Botany Library
    Level 1, Botany Town Centre
    Sunset Terrace
  • Pakuranga Library
    7 Aylesbury St
  • Highland Park Library
    16 Highland Park Drive
  • Manukau Service Centre
    Kotuku House
    4 Osterley Way

​Casting a special vote

If you don't receive your voting pack in the mail by Wednesday 29 August 2018, you will need to get a special voting pack to vote in the Howick ward by-election.

First, you need to make sure you are enrolled to vote and that your details are correct.

To enrol to vote after Wednesday 18 July 2018:

  • go to a post shop
  • go to
  • ring the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.

The last day you can enrol for this by-election is Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Once you are enrolled and your details are up to date, you can pick up a special voting pack from the following locations:

  • Electoral Office
    Level 2
    198 Federal Street
  • Howick Library
    25 Uxbridge Rd
  • Manukau Service Centre
    Kotuku House
    4 Osterley Way

You can also phone 09 973 5212 to request a special voting pack be posted to you.