Candidate briefings are on this weekend 10 July 2019 The local elections are kicking off this weekend with candidate information briefings scheduled across the district. Everyone is invited to attend a local session to hear about the upcoming elections and find out what it takes to become a community board member, councillor or the mayor. For more information check out the Candidate Information Booklet and make sure you come to one of the sessions below: Saturday, 13 July 2019 Whangamata: Whangamata Council Office, 620 Port Road, Whangamata 10:00am - 12:00pm Tairua: St Francis House, 248 Main Road, Tairua 1:30pm - 3:30pm Whitianga: Mercury Bay Council Office (rear of building), 10 Monk Street, Whitianga 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Sunday, 14 July 2019 Coromandel Town: Coromandel Council Office, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town 10:00am - 12:00pm Thames: Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Nominations for the local government elections open Friday 19 July, so now is the time to think about whether you want to stand. 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 on the electoral roll in the ward or community you wish to represent. Nominations close on Friday 16 August 2019. The Pre-Election Report (pictured right) is prepared as an easy reference document to provide information about topical issues, including an overview of the district, financial information and a summary of major projects underway or planned for the next three years. Essential reading for voters as well as people considering running as a candidate. The report is prepared independent of elected members and is not a political document. For further information see tcdc.govt.nz/elections or contact Angela Jane, Governance and Strategy Group Manager or Jennifer Mahon, Committee Advisor on 07 868 0200.