One of Hastings' newest councillors has announced she plans to run for re-election, saying she is not done yet.

Wendy Schollum , who entered council following a byelection in 2017, said it had been "all go" since she took her oath 18 months ago.

"I'm not new to high-paced roles, having run a technology company for 12 years and having two active children at home.

"I have taken every opportunity to not only come up to speed with plans my colleagues had put in place before I joined Council, but also to ensure I live up to the commitments I made while running for election."


She said last election she ran on a platform of diversifying Hastings' economy, providing infrastructure for growth, facilitating affordable housing, inspiring young people to settle in Hastings and providing greater transparency at Council.

"These continue to be my drivers."

She said one thing she had pushed for was live streaming of council meetings, to make them more accessible for the community.

"I want to ensure that our whole community, not just those who have the availability of time and transport to attend chamber, can participate in the decisions being made about our district.

"Live streaming is not just about seeing what decisions were made, but also being able to observe the debate that lead to those decisions.

"Now, we just need Councillors to commit to a 'go live' date for live streaming meetings – an item I continue to actively pursue."

"I'm not done yet," she said.

"Being the only Hastings/Havelock North Ward Councillor that is under 40, I continue to bring a voice for and an understanding of the challenges and needs that our youth face.


"I'm keen to part of the continued momentum that will see us address our district's ongoing challenges and make Hastings to be a place where our children will want to live, work and raise their families too."