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Tauranga City Council is preparing to hold a city-wide by-election to fill the at-large seat left vacant following the sudden passing of Councillor Gail McIntosh on January 4 this year.

I am following this by-election closely and encourage you, my fellow Tauranga residents, to get involved as well.

I am passionate about Tauranga and its development and believe that whoever wins the by-election will be just as passionate about our community as I am.

There will be many candidates who will want to stand up and represent you. The nominations opened on February 5, and I expect a great number of our community members have stood up and come forth.

If you have a chance, consider attending public debates and engaging with candidates. As members of our community, the candidates need to be able to show you what they will do for you, what they stand for and what positive effect they will have on you, your family and on Tauranga.

More than 116,000 people reside in the Tauranga area, so please take time to get to know your candidates, use your voice and make it count.

Clayton Mitchell
New Zealand First MP