The district of Hastings needs a new mayor after Lawrence Yule became MP for Tukituki.

There are six candidates hoping to replace him: Bayden Barber, Sandra Hazlehurst, Simon Nixon, Stuart Perry, Allister Tosh and Waitawhara Tupaea.

In the first of four videos Local Focus asked the candidates: "What are the issues are in Hastings District?"

Read more: Hastings mayoral race heats up

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Ballots are due in letter boxes for postal voting in November and if sitting councillors
Bayden Barber, Sandra Hazlehurst or Simon Nixon become mayor, another by-election will be necessary ahead of the normal election cycle in 2009.

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