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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 are: 

 Position Population as at 30
June 2018 *estimate
$ expenditure limit
(incl. GST)
Mayoral candidate 35,200 $20,000
District Council candidate –
Matamata Ward
13,950 $14,000
District Council candidate –
Morrinsville Ward
12,900 $14,000
District Council candidate – Te
Aroha Ward
8,350 $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 12 July 2019 and 12 October 2019.

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 must be made publically available for 7 years after an election. These are available below:

2019 Electoral Returns

2016 Electoral Returns