Candidate Information

​​Every three years, you have the opportunity to make a difference for your community through local authority elections. This year is your next chance to represent your community at Council meetings and Community Board meetings.

Waipa has two Community Boards, one in Te Awamutu covering the Te Awamutu and Kakepuku wards and one in Cambridge covering the Cambridge and Maungatautari Wards. 

Pirongia, Te Pahu and Ohaupō are governed by Pirongia Ward Consultative Committee.

The role of a Community Board is to act as an advocate with the Community on behalf of the council.  The Boards are governed under the provisions of Local Government Act 2002 and adopt Standing Orders for the conduct of their meetings.

Click here​ for Waipa District Council’s candidate handbook. 

Want to stand for Mayor, Councillor or your local Community Board?​

Here are the key dates for 2019 you need to know:
  • 27 June – candidate information evening 
  • 19 July – nominations open
  • 16 August – candidate nominations close at 12 noon
  • 21 August – candidate details are published


Nominations for the elected member positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019.

Nomination papers will be available during this period:
  • from Te Awamutu council building, 101 Bank Street, Te Awamutu
  • from Cambridge council building, 23 Wilson Street, Cambridge
  • online at​
  • By phoning 0800 924 723

What area will I stand for?

Waipā district is made up of five electoral wards. Each ward has a different number of elected members, the breakdown is below.

  • Cambridge - five ward councillors, five community board members
  • Te Awamutu - four ward councillors, four community board members
  • Pirongia - two ward councillors
  • Kakepuku - one ward councillor, one Te Awamutu community board member
  • Maungatautari - one ward councillor, one Cambridge community board member

In addition to councillors and community board members, you can also stand for mayor.​

Candidate information evening​

Head along to our candidate information evening at 6pm, Thursday 27 June so you can learn more about what being an elected member involves. Find out how to become a candidate and have your questions answered by our helpful team.

Held at the Don Rowlands Centre, Mighty R​​​iver Domain. Light refreshments will be provided.​

Roles and responsibilities 



The mayor leads Waipa District and chairs the council.

Time commitment

Full time, with a significant professional and personal commitment, including after hours and weekends.

Annual remuneration

$135,000. Note this is the provisional remuneration indicated by the Authority for the position of mayor following the election; which will be confirmed in the Authority’s determination released in late June/early July. The mayor’s current remuneration is $122,455.

Key responsibilities:
  • leads the development of council plans, policies, and budgets;
  • chairs council meetings and workshops;
  • leads the council and co-ordinates council political activity;
  • speaks on behalf of the council;
  • represents the council on related organisations, where appointed;
  • presides at civic ceremonies;
  • attends and speaks at local functions;
Deputy mayor


The mayor has the power to appoint the deputy mayor.  The deputy mayor takes on the mayor’s role and responsibilities when the mayor is not available.

The deputy mayor serves on the council with other councillors.
Time commitment

These additional responsibilities can vary depending on the other appointments undertaken by the deputy mayor.

Annual remuneration

The deputy mayor’s remuneration will be decided by the council after the elections from the total pool set by the Remuneration Authority. The deputy mayor’s current remuneration is $54,295.



To represent the district’s residents and ratepayers, and make decisions on key community and district issues.

Time commitment

Variable, depending on any additional responsibilities that a councillor might be required to undertake (e.g. chairing a committee or representing the council on another organisation). Likely to be at least 20-30 hours each week, and involve evening and weekend commitments.

Annual remuneration

Councillors’ remuneration will be decided by the council after the elections from the total pool set by the Remuneration Authority. The authority has indicated the minimum remuneration that the new council could set for a councillor will be
$31,534, which will be confirmed in the authority’s determination expected in late June/early July 2019. The current councillor base remuneration is $32,906, while a committee chairperson’s remuneration is $41,133.

Key responsibilities
  • attend monthly council, committee meetings, and workshops, some councillors may be responsible for chairing these meetings;
  • read plans, reports and agendas, and other meeting preparation work;
  • engage with, and advocate for, the public, including attending events and public meetings, and liaising with residents and community groups;
  • formulate the council’s strategic direction and priorities through the long term plan and annual plan process, including setting the budget, rates etc
  • develop policies and bylaws across a wide range of activities and services;
  • represent the district at functions as required;
  • participate in the appointment and performance review of the chief executive.
Community board members


Community board members represent and act as an advocate for the interests of their community, and make decisions within the delegations provided by the council.

Time commitment

Part time, though the level of commitment will depend on activities or involvement in committees.  Currently, both the Te Awamutu and Cambridge  Boards hold their meetings in the evening starting at 6pm. The board chairperson will usually have the greatest time commitment.

Annual remuneration

Community board members’ remuneration from 1 July 2019 will be announced by the Remuneration Authority in late June/early July 2019. The current annual remuneration ranges from $8,887 to $9,206 for board members and $17,776 to $18,410 for board chairs.
Key responsibilities​
  • engage with local community; promote residents’ issues and initiatives to the board and the council;
  • monitor the provision of council services and advocate changes as necessary;
  • represent the community to other agencies;
  • promote the role of the community board in the wider community;
  • work cooperatively with the council.​

Important documents

If you're considering standing for elections, it would pay to get familiar with these plans and reports:
You can see what to expect by checking out the meetings and workshops calendar and attending an upcoming public meetings.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has developed a candidat​es guide​​ ​to local authority elections. 
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