Motueka Councillor Claire Hutt has resigned from the Tasman District Council due to unforeseen personal family reasons.

The Acting Chief Executive Dennis Bush-King received Ms Hutt’s resignation, which takes effect immediately. The by-election process will begin once the Council’s Electoral Officer has been given formal notification of the resignation. Under the Local Electoral Act the Council has no choice but to hold a by-election.

Mayor Tim King said while Claire only had a short time on the Council, she was a noted contributor on the Motueka Community Board with the community at the heart of all her work.

“Decisions like this are never easy for whatever reason and in this situation they are hers alone. However, I respect the action Claire has taken to ensure Motueka residents get the representation she feels they deserve.

“I, as I am sure my fellow councilors do, wish her well and I am just as sure Claire will continue to play an active role in the Motueka community.”

The Council electoral officers will announce an election date for the postal vote as soon as possible.

Nomination papers will be available from the Council’s Motueka office and library or online from tasman.govt.nz.