Information for Candidates

​Information for Candidates                      

We need capable and motivated people to help shape Matamata-Piako’s future and make important decisions about how the district will operate. People who are connected to Matamata-Piako’s diverse communities and who want to know what issues and opportunities matter to those communities. People who want to make great things happen for Matamata-Piako now and into the future.

If you feel you have the skills, experience and ideas to contribute to your district; do it – stand for Council!

To find out more, check out the following resources:

  • 2019 Candidate Booklet (this will be available soon)
  • LGNZ Candidates' Guide (Please ignore references to dates in this document, which are no longer relevant).

Elected Member Positions

Current representation arrangements require elections for the following positions:

  • Mayor (elected 'at large' across the district)
  • Councillors (11)
    • Morrinsville (4)
    • Matamata (4)
    • Te Aroha (3)

Please note that the Council's representation arrangements were reviewed in 2018 and while the final proposal retains the current arrangements, it is subject to a Local Government Commission determination due by 10 April 2019.


Nominations for the Elected Member positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at noon, Friday 16 August 2019.

Nomination papers will be available during this period:

  • Te Aroha Office, 35 Kenrick Street, Te Aroha
  • Matamata-Piako Civic Centre and Memorial Centre, 11 Tainui Street, Matamata
  • Morrinsville Area Office, 52-62 Canada Street, Morrinsville
  • by accessing;
  • by telephoning the Electoral Officer on 0800 922 822.

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for.

Detailed candidate information handbooks will be available from the electoral officer from May 2019.

Campaign Guidelines

Election Signs

There are some strict rules around election signs including size and placement. You can find more information election signage here.

Social Media

Candidates standing for Council must understand and be aware of their social media presence for campaigning purposes at all times. You can find more information on candidate social media requirements here.​

Campaign Spend Limit

There is a limit on what you can spend on your campaign and it relates to the population of the area you are standing for. 

 The maximum amount that can be spent by a candidate cannot exceed the limits set out below:


Population estimate

(as at 30 June 2018)

Expenditure Limit (incl. GST)

Mayoral Candidate



District Candidate –

Matamata Ward



District Candidate –

Matamata Ward



District Candidate –

Matamata Ward



If you stand for more than one position, the amount you can spend is the highest amount for one position.  You cannot add positions together to allow you to spend more than the limit.

All candidates are required to lodge an electoral donations and expenses return within 55 days after the day on which the successful candidates are declared to be elected (early December 2019). 

If a candidate is outside New Zealand on this day, the return must be filed within 76 days after election result day.

See Electoral Expenses for more information on campain spend and the 2016 election returns.

Important documents

If you're considering standing for election, it would pay to get familiar with these plans and reports:

Key Contacts

Electoral Officer

Dale Ofsoske, Election Services
PO Box 5135, Wesley Street
Auckland 1141
09 973 5212
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Deputy Electoral Officer

Niall Baker
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07 884 0060​