About local authority elections
One of the most important ways you can take part in the decisions that shape the Matamata-Piako District and Waikato Region is to get involved in the local authority elections, either by voting for the people who will make those decisions, or by standing for election. Local authority elections are held every three years, with the next one coming up in October this year. Voting is by postal vote, and is open from 16 September - 8 October, with preliminary results announced on 8 October.
- 2 March - 30 April - Ratepayer Roll confirmation (if you live in one district, but own property in another you may be entitled to vote in both areas)
- 15 July - Nominations open
- 12 August - Nominations close at midday
- 16 September - 21 September - Voting documents posted to all enrolled voters (including online voting codes)
- 16 September - 8 October - Special Voting (for those on the unpublished roll and with other special requirements)
- 8 October - Election Day. Voting closes at midday. Preliminary results will be published as soon as possible after voting closes.
- 13 October - 19 October - Declaration of final results
If you have questions, check out the Electoral Commission website, or contact the Electoral Officer, Sandy Barnes on 07 884 0060.
If you would like to receive regular email updates about elections, please go to the Sign Up page and register for emails for Matamata area, Morrinsville area and/or Te Aroha area.