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Waikato Regional Council
Candidate rules
Elected councillors

Why stand for council?

Our mahi is as diverse as the region we care for:

  • management of the natural resources on which the regional economy relies
  • protection against flooding to safeguard people and billions of dollars worth of urban property, productive land and national highways
  • control of exotic plants and animals that threaten the health of our environment
  • protecting and restoring natural biodiversity
  • emergency management
  • road and water safety
  • transport services.

Being on the regional council is an incredible opportunity to make decisions that direct these important and complex work programmes. Importantly, it gives you the chance to create an even better Waikato – for the 468,800 people living here now as well as the generations to come.

This leadership opportunity comes only once every three years.

If you want to stand with us, you have until 12pm on 16 August to make your nomination.

Who can stand?

Our communities are diverse, so we want people from all sorts of backgrounds to stand for election.

No special qualifications are needed and your religion, race, gender, experience and profession don’t matter. You can stand for election as long as you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll for the constituency you are standing for.

It’s worth noting that while community leadership comes with many rewards, there are challenges too. In particular, it takes considerable time and commitment to represent your community well, so you need to think carefully about whether you have the time available.

There are also a few restrictions you need to be aware of.

  • You can’t stand for our council if you are standing for a district council or the city council.
  • You can’t stand for more than one constituency.
  • You can’t stand if you have an interest in any contracts with our council that are over $25,000 (this can be waived with approval from the Office of the Auditor-General).
  • You can’t be an elected member if you have a permanent court order.

For a complete list of restrictions, download our handbook Make your stand | Tū mai.

Positions in this election

The Waikato region has six general constituencies and two Māori constituencies. Our 14 elected members include:

  • four councillors for Hamilton
  • two councillors for Waihou
  • two councillors for Waikato
  • two councillors for Waipā-King Country
  • one councillor for Taupō-Rotorua
  • one councillor for Thames-Coromandel
  • one councillor for Ngā Hau e Whā
  • one councillor for Ngā Tai ki Uta

Remember, you can’t stand for more than one constituency.

Click on the links, above, for maps of our constituencies and to learn about the representation review we carried out in preparation for this year's election.

Tips for getting your campaign started

Voter numbers in local authority elections have been declining in many areas of New Zealand since the 1980s. In 2016, voter turnout nationally was 43 per cent, a slight increase compared to 42 per cent in 2013.

The main reason why people didn’t vote in 2016 was a lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.

Know what Waikato Regional Council stands for and how our council works.

  • Attend a council or committee meeting.
  • Talk to our Electoral Officer, Mali Ahipene, about the role of councillor.
  • Take a look at our latest long term plan, annual report and annual plan. See the links below.

Know what’s important to your community.

  • Talk to people, connect with community groups, attend public meetings.

Know what you stand for and be able to articulate it.

Know the campaign regulations

You can start campaigning whenever you like but there are rules and regulations you need to follow. Make sure you’re familiar with them – read our handbook Make your stand | Tū mai.

Making your nomination

Nominations open on 19 July and close at 12pm on 16 August.

You will have to get two people to nominate you and pay a $200 deposit. This information, and everything else you need to know, is detailed in our candidate information pack.

Candidate information pack