Te kō whiringa pōti 2022 | Local Elections 2022
The local government elections are here! Vote today.
Which candidates are you voting for? Voting packs have all been posted - but we all know the post can be a bit slow sometimes. If you haven't received your papers yet and are worried about casting your vote on time, you can visit any Matamata-Piako library to cast a special vote.
Just TICK your choice of Mayor, local ward Councillors and who you'd like to represent us on the Waikato Regional Council, PACK it into the orange free-post envelope and POST it back straight away! You need to make sure your vote has been received by 12 noon, 8 October 2022 to make it count.
Voting is easy! There's a bunch of places to cast your vote:
Post in any NZ Post box before Tuesday 4 October so it can reach us before the close of voting.
Drop it off at any of our Council offices or libraries during opening hours.
Pop it in one of the orange voting bins (featuring one of these three fabulous local faces) at Te Aroha Countdown, Morrinsville New World, Morrinsville Mitre 10, Matamata New World or Matamata Countdown until 4 October 2022.
Your vote, your voice! Check out how many people have voted so far, here.
How to vote
The voting period for the Local Government Elections 2022, commenced 16 September 2022, and will close at midday sharp on Saturday, 8 October 2022. All those who are listed on the final electoral roll should have received their voting packs by 21 September. Follow the prompts in your pack and drop into the post no later than 4 October 2022, or hand deliver your vote to Council libraries by midday, 8 October 2022.
If you have not received your voting pack in the mail, lost or damaged your voting pack, are on the unpublished roll, or you enrolled after 12 August 2022, you can cast a special vote.
Any person who is casting a special vote, must first complete a declaration by special voter under s.14 (2) of the Local Government Act 2001. Instructions for the return of special voting documents by post:
- Call Council on 07 884 0060 to request a special voting pack or pop into your local Council Library.
- The voter must complete a ‘Declaration by Special Voter’ form and sign in the presence of a witness who is 18 years of age or older. The witnessing officer must also complete their details as indicated on the form.
- If the voter is a ratepayer elector, also complete that form as indicated.
- Mark the voting paper as you wish to vote.
- Place the voting paper and declaration form (and ratepayer enrolment form if issued) in the return envelope and seal it.
- Post the voting documents in the reply paid envelope at any New Zealand Post by 4 October 2022 (to ensure the document reaches the Electoral Officer before close of voting). Alternatively, you may deliver your special vote to Council.
Please note, a special vote is not available to a person who has voted and wishes to change their vote. In accordance with s.124 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, it is an offence, and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years to any person who:
- Votes or applies to vote more than once at the same election or poll; or
- Without authority, removes, deletes, or otherwise interferes with any voting document, or other record of a vote that has been cast.
FAQs about voting at this year's local government elections
Voting papers are sent to the address as noted on the electoral roll. If papers have not been received, it is likely the voter has not updated their details with the Electoral Commission (note this is not managed by Council). Please update your details as soon as possible. In the meantime, you are entitled to cast a special vote by popping into one of our Council libraries where staff will assist you.
Council does not issue voting papers. If papers have not been received, it is likely the voter has not updated their details with the Electoral Commission (note this is not managed by Council). Please update your details as soon as possible. In the meantime, you are entitled to cast a special vote by popping into one of our Council libraries where staff will assist you.
If you're on the Māori roll, you can only vote for the Mayor as the Māori ward councillor for MPDC and for Waikato Regional Council have been appointed unopposed. If you're on the General roll, can only vote for the Mayor and candidates within the ward you live in.
No. It is an offence, and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of up to two years for any person who:
- Votes or applies to vote more than once at the same election or poll; or
- Without authority, removes, deletes or otherwise interferes with any voting document, or other record of vote that has been cast.
Mayor and Councillor candidates
Here are the nominees standing for Mayor, the Māori* ward and each of the general wards (Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha). Click on the image above or the link below to read their candidate statements.
Keep an eye out for voting papers in your letterbox from 16-21 September. Pop your completed forms in the post or one of our handy orange ballot bins we'll have spotted around our town centres once voting opens (locations to come).
You'll also be asked to vote for who you'd like to represent us on the Waikato Regional Council. See who's standing for our area (search 'Waihou') here.
Not sure if you're enrolled to vote or whether your postal details are up to date? Head to vote.nz so you're ready to go on election day. Voting opens 16 September and closes 8 October 2022, midday sharp.
*Please note there is no election required for Te Toa Horopū ā Matamata-Piako (Māori ward) as the number of candidates standing for this election was not more than the number of vacancies. This means that Gary Thompson is elected unopposed.
Learn about the candidates here
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, 189KB). Alternatively, complete an online version here.
The following elections will be held by postal vote on Saturday 8 October 2022.
Matamata-Piako District Council
(First Past the Post electoral system)
Election of the mayor
Election of four councillors for the Matamata Ward
Election of four councillors for the Morrinsville Ward
Election of three councillors for the Te Aroha Ward
Election of one councillor for the Te Toa Horopū ā-Matamata-Piako Ward
Candidate names will be listed in fully random order on the voting papers.
Nominations for the listed positions open on Friday 15 July 2022 and must be made on the appropriate nomination form for each position. Nomination forms and a candidate information handbook can be found either on the Matamata-Piako District Council website, or by request to the electoral officer via the contact options listed below. Completed nomination documents must be received by the electoral officer no later than 12noon on Friday 12 August 2022. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 incl GST, payable by eftpos, cash or on-line banking (see candidate handbook for requirements).
Candidates are encouraged to submit a candidate profile statement and colour photograph with their nomination, for sending out with voting documents to electors. The requirements for profile statements and photos are set out in a candidate handbook which is available with the nomination forms. All nomination documents must be lodged together.
Preliminary electoral rolls for these elections can be inspected at the following locations during office hours from Friday 15 July 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022.
Matamata-Piako District Council offices at:
- 35 Kenrick Street, Te Aroha
- 11 Tainui Street, Matamata
- 56-62 Canada Street, Morrinsville
or public libraries at:
- Rewi Street, Te Aroha
- Tui Street, Matamata
- Canada Street, Morrinsville
Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by contacting the Electoral Commission:
- Online at www.vote.nz
- By texting your name and address to 3676 to get a form sent to you
- By calling 0800 36 76 56 to ask for a form to be sent to you
Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 5pm on Friday 12 August 2022.
Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non-resident ratepayer elector enrolment form available wherever copies of the electoral rolls are displayed and must be returned to the Matamata-Piako District Council electoral officer before 5pm Friday 12 August 2022. Online applications for ratepayer elector registration can also be made through the non-resident ratepayer portal: www.electionz.com/ratepayer
Electoral Officer – Matamata-Piako District Council
PO Box 3138 Christchurch 8140
0800 666 048
The Local Government Commission confirmed our proposed structure for representation. This means that the Council structure for the next two elections will be four Matamata Ward Councillors, four Morrinsville Ward Councillors, three Te Aroha Ward Councillors and one Māori Ward Councillor, plus the Mayor.
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.
If you're on the General roll, you'll also be asked to vote for who you'd like to represent you on the Waikato Regional Council. To see who's standing (search 'Waihou') here. If you're on the Māori electoral roll, you will only need to vote for the Matamata-Piako District Mayor in this election as the Matamata-Piako District Council and Waikato Regional Council Māori ward and constituency seat candidates have all been elected unnoposed.
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)