NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED Find a list of our candidates here. STAND - WHAKAURA Elected members come from all walks of life and we want to ensure that this diversity continues, so councils and community boards are representative of all our communities. All you need to be an elected member, apart from being a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll, is a willingness to participate and a commitment to serve your local community. How to become an elected representative? You must be: enrolled as a Parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand; and a New Zealand citizen. You must be nominated by two people who are on the electoral roll in the ward or community you wish to represent. Nominations for the 2022 local government elections open on Friday 15 July 2022 and closes on Friday 12 August 2022. Nomination forms are available during this period from: Council’s Main Office, 515 Mackay Street, Thames Coromandel Service Centre, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town Mercury Bay Service Centre, 10 Monk Street, Whitianga Whangamatā Service Centre, 620 Port Road, Whangamatā Tairua Library, 2 Manaia Road, Tairua by accessing www.tcdc.govt.nz/elections or downloading them above by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 36 76 56 Top tip: Get your paperwork submitted in good time so it can be checked over and you can be given a chance to correct any mistakes or omissions. If you leave handing in your nomination form to the last minute, you won't have time to fix any mistakes. Positions The elections are for the following positions: Mayor (elected ‘at large’) Councillors (9): Coromandel-Colville Ward (1) Mercury Bay Ward (3) South Eastern Ward (2) Thames Ward (3) Community Board Members (20): Coromandel Community (4) Mercury Bay Community (4) Tairua-Pāuanui Community (4) Whangamatā Community (4) Thames Community (4) Waikato Regional Council Members (either 1 member from the Thames-Coromandel General Constituency, or 1 member from the Nga Hau e Wha Māori Constituency) Information on being a candidate and what happens if you're elected: Key message: Candidate information briefings to hear about the electoral process (the do’s and don’ts), responsibilities and expectations if elected and meet the electoral officers are being held in our main town centres on the weekend of 9-10 July. The candidate information briefings were held to provide an opportunity for those members of the public who are considering standing for office to find out how the organisation is structured, the role, responsibilities and skills required of elected representatives, and matters pertaining to the elections (eligibility, nominations, timetable, induction process and remuneration). The candidate information briefings covered topics such as the: purpose of local government functions of and services delivered by council role of council role of community boards role of chief executive strategic issues election process: requirements for becoming an elected member standing for elections skills of employment time commitment nomination process campaigning Download our Pre-election Report If you're standing for office in the coming elections and want a heads-up on the key strategic issues for our Council, our Pre-Election report is now available. This is our Council's handbook to some of the larger issues we are facing both now and in the future, including the big ones of Climate Change, Three Waters (wastewater, stormwater and drinking water) reforms and the current local government review. These could well result in significant changes to the current structures, functions and powers of local bodies. You can download the report at the right-hand side of this page. Authorisation Statements The legislation concerning Authority Statements for election candidate campaign material and advertisements has changed. The authorisation statement must include: the true name of the person under whose authority they have been produced; and contact details of the person under whose authority they have been produced. Contact details may now include one or more of: a physical address, an email address, a telephone number, a PO Box number, or a website address that includes one or more of the contact options listed above. Coming soon Our Candidate Information Handbook will have further information on being a candidate for local elections. For further information, contact Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer on 09 973 5212 or Esther Smith, Deputy Electoral Officer on 07 868 0200. Enrolment as a Parliamentary Elector If you are not on the Parliamentary roll, or if you need to make changes to your details (adress, etc.), you can do so by: Completing the appropriate form at any post shop; or Telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 36 76 56); or Update online, visit: Vote.nz New Zealand Citizenship A person wishing to stand for election who is not a New Zealand citizen, must apply for a grant of citizenship. To find out about the requirements for a grant, contact the Citizenship Office on 0800 22 51 51, or explore the pages on the Department of Internal Affairs' website It is important to note that the citizenship process takes several months and therefore prospective candidates should contact the Citizenship Office and put their applications in as soon as possible. An applicant does not become a citizen merely by receiving a letter from the Department of Internal Affairs advising that their application has been approved. The applicant must have attended a citizenship ceremony and taken the oath or affirmation of allegiance. It is only after taking the oath or affirmation that the person becomes a New Zealand citizen and received a citizen certificate. Thames-Coromandel District Council conducts a citizenship ceremony approximately two monthly following notification from the Department of Internal Affairs.