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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If you have not received your voting pack in the mail, lost or damaged your voting pack, are on the unpublished roll, or you enrolled after 12 August 2022, you can cast a special vote.

Special votes

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:

  1. Call Council on 07 884 0060 to request a special voting pack or pop into your local Council Library.
  1. 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.
  1. If the voter is a ratepayer elector, also complete that form as indicated.
  1. Mark the voting paper as you wish to vote.
  1. Place the voting paper and declaration form (and ratepayer enrolment form if issued) in the return envelope and seal it.
  1. 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

I haven’t received my voting papers

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.

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 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



Enrol to vote, check or update your details at 
Learn more about enrolling on the General or Māori roll.


Standing for Mayor or Councillor? Interested in local government issues? See candidate resources here.

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)