One of Hamilton's mayoral candidates is campaigning while on bail. Arshad Chatha is awaiting trial for allegedly punching a bailiff in 2010.
It's not the first time Mr Chatha has multitasked with campaigns and courtrooms.
While running for the Palmerston North mayoralty in 2007, he was found guilty on a cluster of fraud charges, which led to a two-year jail sentence.
Two years earlier, following another mayoral bid, he was jailed for two months after failing to complete 200 hours' community work for two theft convictions.
At his Hamilton East home last night, Mr Chatha said he had a "clear conscience" and his convictions were in the past.
He had applied to have the charge relating to the bailiff incident dropped, he said.
"What has happened in the past, I was innocent. I didn't do anything wrong against New Zealand or against the people of New Zealand."
He said he was a victim of "abuses of power".
He viewed Hamilton as a "fresh start" and was running for mayor because he wants to improve the city's image and promote growth "in every aspect".
In 2006, he told the Palmerston North District Court he was the youngest elected district councillor in Pakistan before immigrating to New Zealand in 1992. After his legal bouts in Palmerston North, he had since moved to Hamilton East to study law.
A criminal conviction does not usually affect a candidate's nomination. The exception is that people currently serving a prison term of three years or more cannot stand, according to Local Government New Zealand guidelines.
If a candidate is elected and subsequently convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for two years or more, they will lose office.
Hamilton City electoral officer Jude Pani said the only requirements for candidacy is New Zealand citizenship and voter registration.
Mr Chatha has been balancing his time between elections and legal woes for nearly a decade. While running for mayor in Palmerston North in 2004 he was arrested on fraud charges.
It was alleged in 2000 he twice illegally aided others in obtaining documents to live and work in New Zealand.
A week later he was in court again for unrelated charges for the theft of eftpos and credit cards, wallets and a driver's licence about three years prior. He was convicted in March 2005 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service. He was later jailed for two months for refusing to do the service.
Mr Chatha stood unsuccessfully for mayor of Palmerston North in 2004, and for Parliament as an independent in 2002 and 2005.
He received 128 votes in the 2005 election.
The legal woes continued into 2006 and 2007.
He was convicted on immigration-related fraud charges and remanded in custody to Rimutaka prison in Upper Hutt.
He challenged the prison's policies after that latest stint behind bars left him unable to brush his teeth for two weeks.
Prison staff provided him with toothpaste and soap - but no toothbrush or shampoo.
"This is actually a very serious issue, because every person likes to have their teeth clean when they are having a shower," he told the Manawatu Standard.
He argued that if the prison is to deprive inmates of one or the other, it should take away the toothpaste - not the brush.
In October 2010 Mr Chatha had an alleged scuffle with court bailiffs, who were trying to repossess a van from his property.
That month he intimated not guilty pleas to four charges relating to the incident before a registrar at the Palmerston North District Court.
He unsuccessfully appealed to the court for relaxed bail conditions so he could travel to Pakistan for his arranged marriage.
Mr Chatha had been told by another judge that week to go away and amend his written application, which was deemed offensive and bordering on contempt of court. He didn't comply. Mr Chatha was forced to surrender his passport and told not to apply for travel documents while on bail.
He is awaiting trial.
2004 Stood for Palmerston North mayoralty, on law and order and family value planks. Appeared in Palmerston North District Court on immigration charges. Appeared in Wellington District Council on six theft charges. Denied them all.
2005 Sentenced to 200 hours community work on six theft charges - wallets and money cards left in his taxi. Ordered to pay $464.15 reparations. Stood for Parliament, as independent candidate for Palmerston North. Campaigned against the Civil Union Bill and prostitution law reform and promised to get tough on crime, and to donate half his MP's salary to the needy. Polled 128 votes. Back in court on six immigration-fraud charges.
2006 Jailed for two months for failing to do 200 hours community service imposed for the theft charges.
2007 Becomes a prolific writer of letters to the editor. He wrote about the infamous Danish anti-Muslim cartoons, strife in the Middle East and Pakistan and parliamentary seat numbers. Stood as mayoral candidate in Palmerston North. Campaigned on law and order and family values. Remanded in custody until the day after the local body election - convicted on immigration charges from 2005. Polled 159 votes. Jailed for two years on the 2005 charges.
2008 Stood unsuccessfully for Palmerston North electorate. Lost fraud conviction appeal and returned to prison. An application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was denied in March 2009.
2010 Again stood for Palmerston North Mayor, came last. Surrendered passport while awaiting trial after being accused of punching a court bailiff trying to confiscate a van for unpaid debts.
2013 Stands for Hamilton mayoralty.
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