Another hat in the ring for the Mayoralty

Another contender for the Whakatane mayoralty this time local businesswoman and former NZ Tourism Export Council CEO Lesley Immink.

Lesley was born in Kawerau and has lived in Whakatane for 30 years, and joins deputy mayor Judy Turner and councillor Russell Orr as candidates hoping to fill the gap created by Mayor Tony Bonne's decision to retire at this year's local body elections.

Lesley has worked as a Whakatane-based tourism consultant for the past 18 months and says its given her more insight into the community, and how to shape its future.

Sam Gardner