Napier City Councillors are remaining loyal in their support for mayor Bill Dalton, who at this stage appears to be running for his second and final mayoralty unopposed.

If re-elected for a final term, the mayor said he could concentrate on what was good for Napier and Hawke's Bay without the "sideshow" of amalgamation.

"I would like one term where I could just concentrate on what is good for Hawke's Bay," he said.

"I strongly believe the best thing Napier can do for Hawke's Bay is to be a strong, vibrant, prosperous Napier, so I'd like to concentrate on Napier without the sideshow that we've had in this term, concentrate on Napier in the best interests of Hawke's Bay."


All 12 incumbent councillors said they had no intention at this stage to run against Mr Dalton.

Deputy mayor Faye White said she and her fellow councillors were all loyal to Mr Dalton and supported him.

"I believe he's passionate and has worked very hard, I've been absolutely blown away by the energy he's put into the role," she said.

"We've seen the results in the way our events and economic strategy are falling into place."

Councillor Tony Jefferey said: "I doubt there's anyone in this city who could out-seat Bill.
"Napier's really on a roll at the moment, we've got a pretty good camp."

There were some politically ambitious councillors, Mr Dalton said, but they were prepared to wait until 2019.

"One of the reasons why my councillors are saying they're not going to stand against me is they do realise the [council] is currently a well-led team of very good councillors and they're happy for me to continue to lead that team."

"I still believe I've got enough fire in my belly to make a good contribution to Napier over the next three years and then I'll be very happy to step aside and let the younger ones, who by then will have plenty of experience , to come through and assume the position of mayor."


If re-elected in October the mayor said he would like to complete the War Memorial Centre, Marine Parade re-development, and the Destination Playground.

He said he would like to see the velodrome project completed, but stressed this was dependent on a strong business case being produced.

There were issues facing Napier he hoped to work on, including an excess of retail space and young people leaving the region for tertiary education and not returning.

"The problems that Napier faces are not unique to Napier, they're generally the same problems that every provincial area in New Zealand faces," Mr Dalton said.

More unique was an erosion problem.

"We're a very low-lying city and with global warming and sea levels rising, we need to do, and we are doing, a lot of work in that space."

Some councillors spoken to were unsure if they would stand for council again, while others had their plans firmly set.

Ahuriri ward councillor Mark Herbert will be standing for his seventh term which, if re-elected, will make him one of the longest- serving councillors.

Nelson Park councillor Maxine Boag has announced her intention to run as a team with Apiata Tapine, who is currently centre co-ordinator at EIT Maraenui Learning Centre.

Deputy mayor Faye White said she will be standing for re-election, and hoped to be chosen for her current role again.

Roy Sye, who came second to Mr Dalton in the 2013 election, and Kirsten Price both quashed rumours they would be running for mayor.