Standing for Council

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 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!

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)

To find out more, check out the following resources:

What's happening?​

Local Body Elections happen every three years.  2019 is an election year.  The voting period will begin on 20 September 2019 and close on 12 October 2019.


Key dates:

This page has the list of key dates you need to know. 



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

Nomination forms can be downloaded below:

Download the Nomination Cover Letter and Instructions (pdf, 128kb)

Download the Mayoral Nomination Form (pdf, 284kb)

Download the Matamata Ward Nomination Form (pdf, 284kb)

Download the Morrinsville Ward Nomination Form (pdf, 285kb)

Download the Te Aroha Ward Nomination Form (pdf, 284kb)

Nomination papers can also be obtained by telephoning the Electoral Officer on 0800 922 822 or upon request from one of our offices: 

  • 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

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 are available here: Matamata-Piako District Council Candidates Handbook (pdf, 2MB)


Campaign Guidelines

Election Signs

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

See Electoral Expenses for more information on campaign spend and the 2016 electoral 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​