Te kōwhiringa pōti 2022
The local elections for the South Waikato District are held every three years by postal vote. The elections determine who will become the Mayor of the district, Councillors for one of three Wards and local Community Board Members for Tirau. Elected Members make decisions on behalf of all in the South Waikato.
Our next local election is on Saturday 8 October 2022.
Candidate details can be found at this link.
Voter returns can be watched here.
Waikato Regional Council
The South Waikato is in the Waikato Region and voters here can vote for Waikato Regional Council (WRC) representatives as well as representatives for South Waikato District Council (your local council). Find out more here.
Special voting will be available from Friday 16 September 2022 at the following places:
- 8am - 5pm at the Tokoroa Office
- 8.30am - 5pm at the Putaruru Office
- 9am - 4pm at the Dog in Tirau (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
- 9.30am – 12noon at the Tokoroa Library (Saturday 24 September and Saturday 1 October)
- 9am - 4pm at the Dog Tirau (Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October)
- 8.30am - 11am at the Tokoroa Office (Saturday 8 October 2022)
Ratepayer Elector Enrolment Portal
For more information the new online ratepayer portal is available here.
Voting papers will be sent to all eligible voters from Friday 16 September 2022.
Voting will close at 12 noon on 8 October 2022.
Waikato Regional Council
The local body elections includes regional councils. Voting papers will contain candidates for South Waikato District Council AND candidates for Waikato Regional Counicl. If you are an eligible voter, you can vote in both elections. The link to the Waikato Regional Council's is here.
Visit the LGNZ elecitons website here for additional information.
Council's social media sites
Council’s social media pages are non-political. Council will use social media to promote and encourage people to STAND for election and once nominations close, to promote and encourage people to VOTE for candidates. Any obvious electioneering OR comments that can be taken as electioneering will be removed and the writer blocked for the duration of the election period. All political comments or comments that can be perceived as political either for or against any candidate and/or potential candidate will be deleted and the writer blocked. Sharing our Election STAND and VOTE promotional posts to your networks and community pages is welcomed.
Candidate forms and other critical information
Candidate profiles and contact details
Election Protocols for Candidates
Election system and returns that are legislated
How South Waikato District Council works
How to become a candidate in the 2022 local elections
Key dates for local body elections
Roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members
Skills and qualities you need to become an Elected Member
What's involved in being an elected member