A Flaxmere kaumātua believes a Labour-backed candidate running for the Flaxmere ward in this year's local body elections is a "slap in the face" to the two sitting councillors.

Henare O'Keefe and Jacoby Poulain, who announced their joint campaign in July are up against a record number of candidates all vying for the two seats up in the suburb.

The four other candidates are Paula Mihaka, Peleti Oli, Melanie Petrowski, and Gerraldine Kelly Tahere.

Henare O'Keefe and Jacoby Poulain are Flaxmere's incumbent Hastings district councillors. Photo File
Henare O'Keefe and Jacoby Poulain are Flaxmere's incumbent Hastings district councillors. Photo File

However, it is Oli's arrival on the scene which has Flaxmere kaumātua Des Ratima up in arms.

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Ratima, who is also the chairman for the Takitimu

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