Candidate Information

The nomination period to become a candidate in the local elections closed on 12 August 2016.

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 New Zealand 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  on the electoral roll in the ward or community you wish to represent.

Nominations for the 2016 local government elections opened on Friday 15 July 2016 and closed on Friday 12 August 2016.

Our Candidate Information Meetings

Candidate Information Meetings are being held to be 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 skills required, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, and matters pertaining to the elections (eligibility, nominations, timetable, induction process and remuneration).

Saturday, 16 July

9:30am - Council Chambers, 515 Mackay Street, Thames

1:00pm - Coromandel Community Board Room, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel

4:00pm - Mercury Bay Community Board Room, 10 Monk Street, Whitianga

Sunday, 17 July

11:00am - Whangamata Community Board Room, 620 Port Road, Whangamata

2:00pm - Tairua Hall, 210 Main Road, Tairua

This is an opportunity to find out more about standing and what’s involved if you are elected. Questions? See our FAQs or contact Electoral Officer, Dale Ofsoske – 0800 922 822 or email or our Deputy Electoral Officer, Angela Jane - 07 8680200 or email

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.

Candidate Information Booklet

These booklets are made available prior to each election and contain useful information for anyone who is thinking of standing for election. Detailed Candidate Information Booklets will be available from :

  • Council's Main Office
    515 Mackay Street, Thames
  • Coromandel Service Centre
    355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel
  • Mercury Bay Service Centre
    10 Monk Street, Whitianga
  • Whangamata Service Centre
    620 Port Road, Whangamata
  • Electoral Office
    by phoning 0800 922 822

Candidate information booklets for Waikato Regional Council and the Waikato District Health Board are distributed by their respective electoral offices.