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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.

Why vote?

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

Representation Review (and determination of our proposal)

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.

Elections timeline

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


Voting opens

16 September 2022

Election Day

8 October 2022, voting closes midday (sharp)

Enrol now

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.

Additional Information

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. Limited are contracted by Council to conduct the election on our behalf for 2022.