Make a difference; take a stand


If you’ve been itching to make a difference to your local community then now is the time to consider standing for election.

A Waikato District Council candidate information evening is being held in Tamahere on Wednesday, June 29, 6pm to 8pm in the Tamahere Community Centre.

It’s an ideal opportunity to learn more about what’s involved in becoming a local councillor.  

Our next local body elections are on Saturday, October 8 this year so there’s no better time to get involved in local democracy.

Long-term Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson is stepping down. Tamahere ward councillor Aksel Bech has said he will stand for mayor, and will not be seeking re-election to the Tamahere ward, leaving the seat open for new contenders.

As well, wards across the district have been re-drawn, making for a two-councillor, Tamahere-Woodlands ward, stretching from Tamahere to Gordonton.

There’s also an opportunity to put your name forward for two brand-new Māori seats, and be one of the first to lead the Waikato District into a more representative and inclusive future.

Following the council elections, there will be an election for the Tamahere Community Committee at which several longstanding representatives will be standing down. 

“2022 is a year which will see some significant changes in our district,” said Council Chief Executive Gavin Ion. “As well as all the changes to the representation, it is the first election in a Covid-19 world. 

“Local democracy is about more than just a seat at the table. It’s about the right people representing the right communities, it’s about making your vote count by aligning it with the candidate who identifies with your issues, it’s about looking to the future to really ask yourself what you can do to make your little slice of the community a better place to live, work, and thrive.”  

Whether you’re keen to put your name forward for councillor, community committee, or go the full nine yards and stand for Mayor, one of the upcoming events could start the journey.  

Session dates and locations: 

Candidate nominations will be open for four weeks from Friday, July 15. For more information please visit the Waikato District Council website. 

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