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You don't need any special qualifications to stand. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

    How to become a candidate

    Nominations open on 15 July and all nomination forms need to be in before 12 August 2022.

    What you need to do to complete your nomination

    • You need to have two people to nominate you - they must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to be a candidate for.
    • You need to pay a nomination deposit of $200. This deposit applies to each election position you want to be a candidate for.
    • We must receive your nomination by 12pm (noon) on Friday 12 August 2022.
    • We can't make any extensions to this deadline.

    What positions you can be elected for

    In the upcoming elections, a total of 46 candidates will be voted in to lead their community and the district. 

    • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
    • Councillors (13)
      • Awaroa-Maramarua General Ward (1)
      • Huntly General Ward (1)
      • Newcastle-Ngāruawāhia General Ward (2)
      • Tamahere-Woodlands General Ward (2)
      • Tai Raro Takiwaa Maaori Ward (1)
      • Tai Runga Takiwaa Maaori Ward (1)
      • Tuakau-Pōkeno General Ward (2)
      • Waerenga-Whitikahu General Ward (1)
      • Western Districts General Ward (1)
      • Whāingaroa General Ward (1)
    • Community Board Members (32)
      • Huntly Community Board (6)
      • Ngāruawāhia Community Board (6)
      • Rural-Port Waikato Community Board (4), made up of:
        • North Subdivision (2)
        • South Subdivision (2)
      • Raglan Community Board (6)
      • Taupiri Community Board (4)
      • Tuakau Community Board (6)

    If you are elected to more than one position, you will take the highest ranked position.

    You can't be a candidate for more than one ward.

    You can be a candidate for more than one local board but you can only be elected to one. If you are a candidate for more than one local board, you will need to state which one is your priority if you get elected to more than one.

    You can also be a candidate for a licensing trust, if you live in the licensing trust area. You can only be a candidate for one licensing trust.

    Got questions? Check out our FAQs.


    Join one of our candidate information briefings online or in person to hear about the electoral process (the do’s and don’ts), responsibilities and expectations if elected.

    Local Government Elections Webinar

    A valuable introduction to the role they will play and the challenges they will face and will take two hours of their time from 8.30pm to 10.30 on 30 June 2022, via Zoom.

    The webinar will also be available to be watched via a recording after the event.

    Introductory Video by Dr Verna Smith, Senior Lecturer, School of Government 

    School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Time: Jun 30, 2022 08:30 PM

    Registration to attend is not required.

    For further information, check out our Candidate Information Handbook or contact Gaylene Kanawa on 0800 492 452.

    Related documents

    Please note that the statistics and ward maps in the 2022 Candidate Information Handbook are subject to change following the LGC Determination in April 2022. This document will be updated as that information is made available to us.