Mayoral billboards have started popping up around Hastings in the wake of Saturday's general election.

Following the resignation of former Hastings District mayor Lawrence Yule in June a by-election was announced for November 24 with election signs able to be put up from yesterday.

Several candidates have put their name forward or have said they would be standing for the role with nominations closing on Thursday.

However, only two had started putting billboards up - acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Crownthorpe's Stuart Perry.


Mrs Hazlehurst said she spent yesterday putting up about 50 billboards around the district with her husband and a friend.

"It's a pretty big job, we are pretty tired."

It was pleasing to see that several people had planned to put their name forward by Thursday, she said.

"We've got a number of candidates standing which is always positive.

"I'm looking forward to the next two months."

Mr Perry had put up a few signs in Hastings yesterday and planned to put up at least 20 with more available if needed.

"We've also got a big mobile billboard."

His wife had helped out yesterday and they were both looking forward to the campaign, he said.

Acting deputy mayor Simon Nixon said he planned to put his name in the ring a day or so before Thursday's deadline.

However, he wanted to wait until the end of the week to put his signs up to give people a little break from election signs following the general election.

"I think people are sick of signs. It will be interesting to see how much interest there is in the by election, people are a bit electioned out."

Councillor Bayden Barber, who had already put in his nomination, said he would be putting up about 100 signs starting today.

Now that the general election was over he expected a few more people to put their names forward.

"It should be interesting."

A ward councillor for Hastings-Havelock North Ward will also be elected on the same day following the resignation of Adrienne Pierce.

Nominations for both vacancies opened on August 31.