Considering Running as a Candidate?

The nomination period to become a candidate in the local elections opens on Friday 19 July 2019 and closes on Friday 16 August 2019.

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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 2019 local government elections open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close on Friday 16 August 2019.

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
  • Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Road, Whangamata
  • by accessing or downloading them from the right side of this page
  • by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822
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.


The elections are for the following positions:

  • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
  • Councillors (8)
  • Coromandel-Colville Ward (1)
  • Mercury Bay Ward (2)
  • South Eastern Ward (2)
  • Thames Ward (3)
  • Community Board Members (20)
  • Coromandel Community (4)
  • Mercury Bay Community (4)
  • Tairua-Pauanui Community (4)
  • Whangamata 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:

Information briefings to hear about the electoral process (the do’s and don’ts), responsibilities and expectations if elected and meet the electoral officers were held in our main town centres on the weekend of 13-14 July. If you missed those, check the Candidate Information Booklet, available to download on the right side of this page, for more information on being a candidate for local elections.

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:

  • purpose of local government
  • functions of and services delivered by council
  • role of council
  • role of community boards
  • role of chief executive
  • strategic issues
  • the election process:
  1. requirements for becoming an elected member
  2. standing for elections
  3. skills of employment
  4. time commitment
  5. nomination process
  6. campaigning

All this information is contained in the Candidate Information Handbook, available to download on the right side of this page.

For further information, contact Angela Jane, Governance and Strategy Group Manager or Jennifer Mahon, Committee Advisor 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:

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.