Local elections 2019 candidate profiles and information sessions 13 September 2019 The "Meet The Candidate" information sessions are underway around the Coromandel, arranged by different ratepayer groups and organisations. We have a big field of candidates for the available positions of Mayor, eight Councillors and 20 Community Board members. Candidate profiles are now available to view here. Please note, David Foreman has unofficially withdrawn his nomination for the Coromandel-Colville Community Board, but will still appear on your voting papers. Voting packs will be posted to all registered voters from 20 September and electors will have until noon on 12 October to either post or hand deliver their votes. Congratulations to the unopposed candidates for our Tairua-Pauanui Community Board: Warwick Brooks Barry Swindles Anne Stewart Ball Chris New We'll have their profiles available next week also. Meet the candidates sessions Friday 13 September Whitianga - 6pm at the Coghill Theatre, 18 Coghill Street. Hosted by Green Drinks (an environmental networking group). This will be an opportunity for candidates to present their views on environmental issues in particular. Note: There will be time for informal socialising with the candidates from 5:30pm and again after the meeting . Saturday 14 September Tairua - 2pm Community Hall, 210 Main Rd. Hosted by Tairua Ratepayers' and Residents' Association. Note: this time has changed from 3pm to allow time for people to travel to the Whangamata meeting. Whangamata - 5:30pm Memorial Hall, 326 Port Rd. Hosted by Whangamata Ratepayers' Association. Note: this time has changed from 5pm to allow time for people to travel from the Tairua meeting. Saturday 21 September Coromandel Town - 10am in the St John Room, 285/345 Tiki Road. Arranged by the Coromandel Business Association. Please note the location has been updated. Colville - 2pm in the Colville Hall. Arranged by the Coromandel Business Association. Sunday 22 September Thames - 5pm-7pm Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St. Hosted by Transition Town Thames. Thursday 26 September Thames - 7am at Bite Cafe. Hosted by the Business Breakfast Network. If you have arranged a Meet the Candidate session and would like to have it publicised on this page please let our communications team know. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or let our customer services team know by calling 07 868 0200. Are you registered to vote? Voting packs will be posted from 20 September and votes must be returned by noon on 12 October to be counted. If you live in Thames-Coromandel District, make sure you’re on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll in order to vote. If you’re not sure you’re registered to vote, check on the Elections Commission website elections.org.nz or phone 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656). If you don’t live here permanently, but own a property here, you can probably still vote. Make sure you’re registered on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll. Ratepayer Roll enrolment forms are available on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/elections, at our Council offices, or phone the electoral office on 0800 922 822. The more people who vote, the more likely Council decisions and actions will reflect community needs and aspirations.