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Mayor and Councillor candidate briefing online

We're hosting an info session on Wednesday 22 June, 5pm, online at for anyone curious about standing in the local government election later this year.

Budding candidates are welcome to attend an online info-session to find out what is involved in standing for Mayor and the Māori and General wards before the call for nominations on 15 July.

“We’re excited to bring the candidate briefing online this year and hope this will encourage a wide range of people from different walks of life to listen in and see what it takes to stand,” said deputy electoral officer Tamara Kingi. “If you’ve been getting tapped on the shoulder or you’re even a little bit intrigued, this will be a great opportunity to find out what it’s all about and see if you’re up for the challenge.” she said.

The live session will cover the role of local government, the rules for campaigning and some of the skills required to undertake the role of Mayor or Councillor. A chief electoral officer will be on hand to answer any questions.

“This year is particularly interesting as it’s the first election that includes our new Māori ward alongside the Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha wards,” said Tamara. “We look forward to seeing who gets nominated to stand for each ward and who’ll be in the running to take Ash Tanner’s spot on the Mayoral seat as he retires from Council,” she said. “If you’re passionate about the district and want to help make important decisions on behalf of ratepayers, this session is for you.”

The webinar will include presentations and a Q&A session. Those unable to attend are invited to email their questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21 June. The session will be recorded and made available at A limited number of seats will be available in the recording room for anyone who would prefer to attend in person. Attendees are invited to email Tamara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a spot.

If you're interested in becoming a candidate, see more details in the candidate handbook.