A last-minute rush of candidates has ensured elections will be held for most council and community board seats in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts this year.
They include two contenders for the Central Otago mayoralty and three for the Queenstown Lakes district mayoralty.
There are also high numbers of candidates for the Otago Regional Council and Southern District Health Board.
Candidates for Central Otago Health Inc. will all be elected unopposed.
Meet-the-candidates meetings are already being announced and a series of pre-election stories will run in The News.