1 July 2019
More than 25 potential nominees for Waipā local government elections attended a Council run candidate information evening last Thursday.
The event, held at the Don Rowland Centre, was led by electoral officer Warwick Lampp who provided information to interested parties about the electoral process and the role councillors, community board members and the mayor play in council and the community.
Governance manager, Jo Gread, said she was very happy with the turnout of people from the community and with the discussions that arose during the information session.
“It was great to see lots of people asking questions about the different roles in council and about the elections process. It is important for us to provide as much information as possible to anyone considering running for local government to ensure the process runs smoothly.”
Thirteen councillors will be elected in the upcoming election; five councillors from the Cambridge Ward, one councillor from Maungatautari Ward, four councillors from the Te Awamutu Ward, one councillor from Kakepuku Ward and two councillors from the Pirongia Ward. There are also six positions on the Cambridge Community Board and five positions on the Te Awamutu board that will be filled.
To be considered for election, candidates must be New Zealand citizens and enrolled on a parliamentary electoral roll somewhere in New Zealand.
Nominations open 19 July 2019 and officially close on 16 August 2019 at 12 noon. Candidate details will then be published on 21 August at waipadc.govt.nz/elections
From 20-25 September, Waipā residents will receive their enrol to vote papers ahead of election day on 12 October. It is important to enrol so you can have your say on the future of Waipā.
Key dates, candidate information and frequently asked questions about the 2019 elections can also be found on the council website.
To learn more about the range of activities and services Waipa District Council looks after take our interactive tiki tour at www.waipatikitour.co.nz