There was one notable absentee when the list of 17 nominees to stand in Whangarei's Denby ward byelection was released - former councillor Jayne Golightly who sparked the vote when she resigned because she was not a New Zealand citizen.

A byelection was called for Denby when Ms Golightly resigned early last month after being informed she is not a New Zealand citizen.

The resignation, less than a year into her tenure, means a byelection will be held in the Denby ward on December 7, at a cost of around $35,000.

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At the time Ms Golightly vowed to get her citizenship and fight for re-election, but she is missing from the list of valid nominations received by the noon deadline yesterday. But there are plenty of other candidates for the Denby ward's roughly 11,595 voters.

Those standing are: Geoff Abbott; Gavin Benney; Kathryn Darroch; Robert Diamond; Haydn Edmonds; Mike Henwood; Joby Hopa; Matt Keene; Chris Leitch; Huhana Lyndon; Kevin Newton; Hayward Norman; Yvette Poingdestre; Greg Shipton; Des Wallace; Merv Williams and Vanessa Wilson.

The byelection is one of three being held in Northland after Willow Jean Prime resigned from the Far North District Council when she made it into Parliament while Kaipara mayor Greg Gent surprisingly announced he would resign earlier this week.

Dale Ofsoske, from Election Services, which runs the byelections, said it was unusual to have three byelections in a region at one time.

A postal ballot of the Denby ward electors will start on November 15 with the delivery of voting documents. Results should be known on the evening of December 7.

Mrs Golightly told the Northern Advocate she had since applied for citizenship and was hoping to get it fast-tracked so she can stand in the byelection.

She said she was due to go through a citizenship ceremony in Auckland on September 28 and would then stand in the byelection. The Advocate has attempted to contact Ms Golightly several times to confirm if this has happened but has not had a response.

A complaint has also been laid with police over the actions of Ms Golightly, in effect alleging electoral fraud, but the matter is still being dealt with.