Deputy Mayor Judy Turner to run for Whakatane Mayor

Current Whakatane Deputy Mayor Judy Turner has thrown her hat in the ring for the Mayoralty.

Just says after Mayor Tony Bonne announced he'll depart at the next local Government elections, Ms Turner says she intends to contest the mayoralty.

Ms Turner says she felt she had to announce her intentions, despite the elections not taking place until October 2019.

She says her experience as a United Future MP, her nine years as Deputy Mayor and her six years on the District Health Board have given her a depth of governance experience.

Emma Griffiths