It will be the first fully democratic Environment Canterbury (ECan) election for 12 years but only one councillor sacked by the National government in 2010 is keen to stand again.
Nominations for candidates for the seven regional constituencies closed on Friday yesterday at midday, with 39 received for the 14 positions at the council table.
Six of the 12 current councillors are standing again, but Rik Tindall is the only member of the regional council dismissed more than nine years ago willing to have another go.
A new report on rates puts the Mackenzie District Council as the second lowest in the country, but where do Timaru and Waimate sit?
New Zealand is renowned for being friendly and welcoming but is that true for everyone?
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