A keen battle is heating up in the Napier City Council's Nelson Park Ward, with confirmation yesterday that long-time youth facilities and services activist David Hannay will rejoin the race after a nine-year absence from the polls.
Mr Hannay, now 52, last stood for the council in 2004, polling 19th of 19 candidates in the last city-wide election before the introduction of the mixed-representation wards and at large structure three years later.
The former husband of first-term at large councillor and mayoral aspirant Michelle Pyke, he will seek one of the two Nelson Park Ward seats, opposing incumbent Maxine Boag and at least two other candidates.
Mr Hannay is a passionate campaigner for youth facilities which suit the contemporary needs of teenagers, putting action to his words in 12 years' running the State of It youth venue.
The organisation was initially housed in the former State Theatre on the corner of Dickens and Dalton streets, then later in the former Odeon Theatre in Hastings St.
Now operating King of Swords, retailing mock medieval battle gear and other goods, Mr Hannay is not perturbed by his modest showing at previous polls, having in 2001 also tailed a field of 29.
The 3229 votes he received in 2004, he believed, showed support for what he was trying to achieve. But, on reflection, he said that in those days he was more focused on tackling councillors on the issues than in actually being a councillor.
Ready to lodge his latest nomination, Mr Hannay said: "I would love to become a Napier City councillor.
"My long history of interaction with council as a community advocate provides an excellent understanding of council systems, and I believe changes need to happen to facilitate a better appreciation of the many grassroots groups holding our community together," he said.
His commitment has included significant contribution in mentoring on the music scene, in bands and as a sound engineer.
"I always put 100 per cent passion into any project I am involved with," Mr Hannay said.