Electoral Expenses

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001 there are limits on how much candidates can spend on their election campaigns. The amount candidates can spend is determined by the population of the ward/area they are standing in. The maximum spend limits were: 

  Population as at 30
June 2015 estimate
$ expenditure limit
(incl. GST)
Mayoral candidate 33,600 $20,000
District Council candidate –
Matamata Ward
13,350 $14,000
District Council candidate –
Morrinsville Ward
12,300 $14,000
District Council candidate – Te
Aroha Ward
8,020 $7,000

If a candidate stood for more than one position (e.g. mayor and councillor) then the higher limit applied (not both combined). 

These limits applied between 8 July 2016 and 8 October 2016.

The 'Return of Electoral Expenses and Donations' form must be supplied to the Electoral Officer within 55 days of the official declaration of election results.

Copies of the electoral expenses returns received by Council are available below:

2016 Electoral Returns

2013 Electoral Returns