Nominations have opened for local body elections, including those for the Waikato District and Waikato Regional councils.
It’s time to consider whether you think you can make a difference in your community.
Waikato District Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion urged prospective candidates to get their nominations in now.
“Don’t leave it until the last minute,” he advised.
Nominations close at noon on Friday, August 16.
Nomination forms can be collected from any council office, by visiting www.votewaikato.co.nz or by phoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.
Information on the regional council and nomination forms are here.
“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to stand,” Ion said.
This is their chance to shape their community and make sure it is not overlooked, he said.
“Mayors and councillors exercise a leadership role in our towns, cities and regions and represent the views of their communities. Being on a community board also provides an opportunity for you to make a difference on key local issues.
“We need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to ensure our council represents the diversity of our community.
“Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the electoral roll.”
Voting papers will be sent out from September 20 and must be received before midday on Election Day, October 12.
For further information on standing as a candidate visit www.votewaikato.co.nz or contact Waikato District Council’s Electoral Officer, Dale Ofsoske, Phone: 0800 922 822; email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the regional council more information is here or contact Waikato Regional Council Electoral Officer, Mali Ahipene, Phone: 0800 800 401; email email@example.com