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Nominations have now closed.

Being a Mayor or Councillor means being up for a lot of reading - getting a broad understanding of some big issues and how they affect your community. We've collected a summary of some of the current issues to help inform your election campaign, and to help you be prepared if you are elected. We've also included a brief intro to local government, the four wellbeings Council is responsible for and some more candidate resources at the bottom. If you're considering standing, our elections team is here to help you navigate your way through. Nominations close midday, 12 August 2022.  What do you stand for? Stand for local government.

Please note: this page will be updated regularly, we encourage to to check back soon to stay up to date.

Message from the CEO

Whether you’re thinking about standing for Council, or reading up ahead of voting in this year’s election – welcome. Thanks for taking the opportunity to learn more about our organisation and the work it does.

If you’re reading this, I won’t need to tell you what a special place Matamata-Piako is. We have everything you need to live or do business locally, with easy connections to Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga, and you can’t beat it for a weekend away with a variety of things to do and enjoy. The district is experiencing rapid growth and visitor numbers continue to steadily increase again. We have some exciting projects on the go to support growth and to encourage communities to enjoy the place they live and work.

Local government is also entering a phase of dramatic change. Planning for the proposed transfer of three waters services (water, waste water and stormwater) to four new entities is underway, RMA reform and changes to spatial planning are also scheduled, and a report into the Future of Local Government is due out later this year.

The newly Elected Council will need to be ready to face these significant changes. Local government is evolving, and we need people who are prepared to play a role in that evolution; we need leaders who can shift and adapt, and help local government adapt to this new future. If you think that sounds like you, we look forward to hearing more about your interest in standing for Council.

In addition, these changes come at a time of high inflation and critical staff and skill shortages. This will require the ability to manage risk and adapt to a shifting environment.

The pre-election report should be a helpful resource, providing a clear picture of the key issues we’re facing, our major projects, how we’re performing, and our forecast financial position. I encourage you to read through it and use the information – along with all the other information for candidates and voters here on our website.

Don McLeod
Chief Executive

About local government

Local government is how communities make democratic decisions about how their towns, cities and regions work and how they will develop. It refers to the activities of organisations known as local authorities – city, regional and district councils. In Matmata-Piako we have a district council.

Each local authority has an elected council or governing body which is ultimately responsible for its performance. In our district, the governing body is led by the mayor who is directly elected by voters in the area. Council employs a chief executive who then employs all remaining staff, on behalf of the council. Most decisions are made in formally constituted hui or under delegation by staff or committees.

While Parliament is elected to deal with issues relevant to the whole of New Zealand, the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) provides councils a broad purpose, to enable democratic decision-making by and for, local communities and promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future.

We delve more into these four wellbeings below.


What does Council do?

We play a broad range of roles taking responsibility for the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of our community. From making sure water flows freely from your taps, managing building permits and resource consents, providing car parks so you can borrow books from the library, beautifying the area with parks and green spaces, collecting your rubbish and recycling, keeping your streets well-lit with safe footpaths, to encouraging a thriving arts and culture scene supporting local events.

As a district council, we have the widest range of responsibilities, which include:
• infrastructure services, such as local roads and the ‘three waters’ - waste water, storm water and drinking water
• town planning and resource management
• local regulatory services, such as building consenting, dog control and liquor licensing
• developing and maintaining parks, recreation and cultural facilities, libraries, and cemeteries
• civil defence and emergency management
• economic development and tourism promotion
• supporting and promoting the arts and cultures of the rohe

Check out our Long Term Plan and the council services on our main page to get a better feel of what we do.

Further candidate resources

Candidate briefing recording

Here is a recording of the candidate briefing/info session held Wednesday 22 June. Please see the candidate handbook below for full details about standing for Mayor or a Councillor in the General or Māori wards at the upcoming elections on 8 October 2022. We've popped the Councillor and Mayor nomination forms below for you to have a look over or start preparing. We will start accepting these on Friday, 15 July 2022.

22 June 2022

Get a glimpse into what it's like to be Mayor or a Councillor

Hear from outgoing Mayor Ash Tanner and Councillor Donna Arnold about their Council experiences. From how and why they got into local politics, what they've most enjoyed, what they're most proud in their roles and their advice for anyone considering running.


15 July 2022

Candidate nominations open

15 July 2022

15 July 2022

12 August 2022

Candidate nominations close

12 August 2022 (midday sharp)

16 - 21 September 2022

Voting packs sent to enrolled voters

16 - 21 September 2022

16 - 21 September 2022

16 September 2022

Voting opens

16 September 2022

8 October 2022

Election day

8 October 2022

8 October 2022

Accessible formats

Taituarā and the Elections Reference Group have developed general information about the 2022 local elections in accessible formats for people with low vision, who are deaf or experience reading, learning or intellectual disabilities.The Ministry of Social Development, Blind Citizens NZ, Blind Low Vision, Deaf Radio and People First have provided their expertise with the formats.

Sign language

Large print

The large print has been formatted in 18pt text and has been reviewed and approved by Blind Citizens NZ.

A general guide to the 2022 local authority elections - Standing as a candidate (docx)

A general guide to the 2022 local authority elections - Standing as a candidate (pdf)


A downloadable Braille file is available from Vote Local