Latest News & Public Notices

Elections 2022: Are you registered to vote? One week left for nominations & more in our weekly wrap-up

05 August 2022

Check out the weekly wrap-up of our latest Council project news, important dates and information about what's happening in our district.

Elections 2022: One week left for candidate nominations

We've only received 16 nominations. In total, our Council has 29 elected members.

We would like more than this number of people to step up and put their nominations in so that voters have a choice of candidates come election time in October.

With one week left for potential election candidates to file their forms to run for Mayor, Councillor, or Community Board members, we’ve only received 16 nominations.

Right now, not enough nominations have been received to fill all the available positions, so that means in some wards and community board areas the candidates already registered will be elected automatically – with no competition – and we will need to hold byelections, which are expensive to run, early next year.

The deadline for candidate nominations is noon next Friday, 12 August. Don’t leave it to the last minute to file your nomination material because if there is anything missing, or your nominators are found to be ineligible, your nomination will be rejected until you can complete it properly.

A byelection is a mini election for just the area that needs the missing elected members. It involves many of the same costs as a full election but with reduced postage costs because of the smaller area usually involved.

Our Pre-Election Report is your guide to what's involved in being an elected member and some of the key issues facing our district. It's available at or pick up a copy at one of our Customer Service desks.

You can view the nominations as at Friday 5 August here.

Are you registered to vote?

The more people who vote, the more likely Council decisions and actions will reflect community needs and aspirations.

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 or phone 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656). You can update your details online, if you've moved for example, through that website too.

If you don’t live here permanently, but own a property here, make sure you’re registered on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll by 12 August. The non-resident ratepayer enrolment form can still be returned to Election Services after 12 August until 7 October, but the prospective voter would still need to come into one of our offices to apply for and cast a special vote. Ratepayer Roll enrolment forms are available on our website at, at our Council offices, or phone the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

How to use QR payments for our boat ramps

If you're heading out on the water, we've launched a new, easy-to-use payment system to pay for boat ramp and trailer parking fees – right at the ramp – at the nine ramps where these fees apply. Watch the video for a step-by-step guide.


Rates Rebate Clinics

Applications for the 2022/2023 rates rebate year from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) are now available.

Rebates are calculated by the DIA, dependent on the amount of your household income and rates payable for the year.

The maximum rebate this year has increased to $700.

Do you need help applying? We are holding rates rebates clinics again this year. 

For more information see or call 07 868 0200.

Dune planting - We need your help for our final planting bees of the 2022 coastal restoration season that take place this month in Cooks Beach, Whangamatā, Tairua and Buffalo Beach. RSVP here.

Whangapoua Playground - The Whangapoua playground on Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia Reserve is closed until Friday 26 August while the upgrade takes place. 

Whangapoua Boat Ramp - A brand new sign was cut down only one day after it was installed. This vandalism comes at the ratepayers expense and could stop boat ramp users from getting key information, in this case about our new payment system for boat ramp fees. If you witnessed this vandalism, please contact us or Police.

Have your say:

Make a submission

What route should a new cycleway in Whitianga take?

Two options for a cycleway in Whitianga have been identified by the Mercury Bay Community Board and Council staff, with input from local cycle groups and members of the community.

Both options would help provide a safe commuting path to and from Mercury Bay Area School but would narrow vehicle lanes on some roads and affect parking in places.

Read more here.

Sport, recreation and play in the district

Help shape what play, sport and recreation facilities are available in the district. 

Take five minutes to fill in Sport Waikato and our Council’s survey about what facilities you use and want before the end of August here.

Other News:

Get your community involved in Clean Up Week 2022.

Want to work with us? We are currently recruiting a range of roles here.

Register now

Find out more

Meetings & Community Board updates