Te kō whiringa pōti 2022 | Local Elections 2022
Save the date! The Local Government elections will be held 8 October 2022.
This is where you get the chance to vote for who will be the Mayor and ward Councillors for our district from 2022-2025.
If you're on the general roll, you'll have the chance to vote for your local ward Councillors (Matamata, Morrinsville or Te Aroha) and if you're on the Māori Roll, you'll vote for the Māori ward Councillor. Everyone has the chance to vote for Mayor.
In order to vote, you need to be enrolled, so if you're 18+ on election day, make sure you enrol today! If you're already enrolled or have moved or changed your contact details in the last few years, take a minute to check your details are up to date.
Central government makes the rules and regulations for our country - but your local Council shapes the place that you live. Do you do any of things? If yes - the upcoming elections should matter to you!
- Noho ki te takiwa | Live in the district
- Inu wai | Drink water
- Whakamahia te wharepaku | Flush the toilet
- Whakamahi ngā huarahi | Use the roads
- Haria o tamariki ki te papatākoro | Take your kids to the playground
- Whakamahi te whare pukapuka | Use the library
- Pohia etahi manu momona ki te awa | Pop some fat manu in the river
Why? The Mayor and Councillors meet regularly and make decisions that affect your everyday life - from the footpaths you walk on, the roads you drive on, the water in your shower, and the parks, libraries and your local swimming pool where you head for a dip.
So it's important that you play your part by choosing the people you want to make important decisions about the place you live. Your vote is important.
Māori roll or General roll?
If you’re of Māori descent and enrolling for the first time, you have an important choice to make - you’ll be able to choose whether you want to be on the General roll or the Māori roll.
- If you enrol on the Māori Electoral Roll you’ll be able to vote for candidates in the Māori Ward, plus the Mayor
- If you enrol on the General Electoral Roll, you will be able to vote for candidates in the Te Aroha, Matamata or Morrinsville Ward in the local elections, plus the Mayor.
If you're not sure which roll you want to enrol on, talking to friends or whānau can help.
Māori can choose to switch between rolls every 5-6 years. This is called the Māori Electoral option. The next Māori Electoral Option is in 2024. That means:
- If you’re currently on the General Roll you'll vote in the Te Aroha, Matamata or Morrinsville ward in the 2022 election. You won't be eligible to vote in the Māori Ward
- If you're currently on the Māori Roll you will vote for the Māori Ward candidate instead of voting in the Te Aroha, Matamata or Morrinsville Ward
- Everyone will still vote for the Mayor
- The Māori Ward Councillor/s will be represented from across the whole district. Whoever is elected will represent all Māori in the district.
Extra info and FAQs about elections
Matamata-Piako District Council review our representation arrangements at least every six years, as required by legislation. The review is to ensure our community is fairly and effectively represented and includes a review of the number of Councillors, the wards that we have and whether each Councillor represents roughly the same number of people in the district.
In April 2021, Council decided to establish a Māori Ward for the 2022 and 2025 triennial elections. As the change could impact the overall representation structure, it was necessary to undertake a Representation Review to ensure our statutory requirements were being met in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001.
The process for this review was:
- Council was required by law to determine its initial representation proposal for public consultation by 31 August 2021.
- Once this was decided on, we invited submission from the community on the proposal which closed on 8 September 2021.
- Council considered all submissions received.
- Council gave public notice of its final proposal for an appeal and objections. No appeals or objections were received.
- The Local Government Commission determined Council’s proposal to be accepted by the prescribed timeframe of 11 April 2022
If you’re of Māori descent and enrolling for the first time, you have will have the choice to enrol in either the Māori Roll or the General Roll. The Roll you choose decides which electorate you vote in for both the Central Government and Local Government elections:
- If you choose to be on the Māori Roll, you will vote for the Mayor, and candidates for the Māori Ward;
- If you choose to be on the General Roll, you vote for the Mayor and candidates for the General Wards (Matamata, Morrinsville or Te Aroha).
If you identified that you are of New Zealand Māori descent when you enrolled to vote, you will get a Māori Electoral Option pack in the mail every 5 years (after every census). You then have four months to indicate whether you wish to stay on the same Roll, or change Rolls for the next 5 years.
For those already enrolled, the next opportunity to change Rolls will be in 2021. Only Māori enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling after having previously been removed from the Roll are able to choose to enrol on the Māori Roll in the interim. Visit vote.nz for more info.
If you are on the parliamentary roll in one area but pay rates on a property in another area, you may be entitled to enrol to vote on the non-resident ratepayer roll. Companies, businesses and societies that are ratepayers, may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided they reside outside of the Matamata-Piako District Council area.
In each case only one ratepayer elector can be nominated, irrespective of the number of properties owned by the firm, company, society, trust, partnership or ratepayer in the Matamata-Piako district.
If you think you may be eligible to enrol or to nominate a person for the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll, you will need to complete an Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors . (pdf, 142KB)
15 July 2022
Candidate nominations open
15 July 2022
15 July 2022
Candidate nominations close
12 August 2022, midday (sharp)
Voting packs sent to enrolled voters
16 - 21 September 2022
16 September 2022
8 October 2022, voting closes midday (sharp)
You can enrol to vote in the General Roll or the Māori Roll if:
- you are 18 years or older,
- You are a New Zealand citizen
- You are a permanent resident, and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.
Enrol or update your details online.
Alternatively, you can complete an enrolment form at any NZ Post Shop or call 0800 ENROLL (0800 36 76 56)
You must be enrolled by the day before Election Day to vote.
Our Council has proposed twelve General seats and one Māori seat.
Elections for Matamata-Piako District Council are held every three years and are conducted in accordance with the Local Electoral Act 2001, Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and Local Government Act 2002.
Electionz.com Limited are contracted by Council to conduct the election on our behalf for 2022.