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Two Waitaki district councillors have confirmed they will not be seeking re-election this year.

Deputy mayor and Oamaru ward councillor Melanie Tavendale and Corriedale ward councillor Bill Kingan have both decided not to stand in October’s local body elections

The Ahuriri ward seat is also vacant, after the death of councillor Ross McRobie in November last year.

Cr Tavendale said she was looking for a new adventure after serving three terms as an Oamaru ward councillor. Cr Kingan said he considered his options during the summer break, and decided he would be pulling out this year.

Cr Kingan, who has also served three terms, said he enjoyed his time at council.

‘‘We’ve been quite a good cohesive group and we’ve progressed well,’’ he said.

First-term councillor Hana Halalele confirmed she intended to stand again, having learnt a lot over the past three years.

‘‘With the reforms happening at the moment and review of the future for local government I feel there is more I am able to contribute to positive change for overall wellbeing of our community,’’ Cr Halalele said.

‘‘The role also gives me the platform to be able to leverage resourcing and visibility for issues we experience in Waitaki at a regional and national level which I do consistently with my work in the community.’’

Oamaru ward councillor Jim Hopkins said at this stage he would be standing, but he had not made a firm decision yet.

‘‘It’s a really challenging time for local government. It’s great to be a part of that,’’ Cr Hopkins said.

Oamaru ward councillor Jeremy Holding said he was enjoying his role and was considering standing again.

Waihemo ward councillor Jim Thomson and Oamaru ward councillors Kelli Williams and Colin Wollstein were undecided.

Corriedale ward councillor Guy Percival did not respond by deadline.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher last week confirmed he would stand for mayor again. It was a decision he had thought ‘‘long and hard about’’, and felt it was the right one.

Mr Kircher has been mayor since 2013. He was a Waitaki district councillor from 2001 to 2010, and served as deputy mayor from 2007 to 2010.