Standing for Council

Candidate Information


A candidate standing for a district or regional council must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen; and
  • a parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand).


The following restrictions apply for candidates for a district council and regional council:

  • A candidate may stand for election for mayor and district council within the same territorial authority district, but may not also stand for election to a regional council of which the territorial authority is part, i.e. a candidate may stand for either the district council or the regional council but not both.
  • A candidate may not stand for more than one ward or more than one constituency of the same local authority.
  • Where a territorial authority has a mixed at large and wards system of representation, a candidate may not stand for councillor both in a ward and at large for that territorial authority (section 57B LEA).
  • A candidate cannot be a person concerned or interested in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. This restriction is waived if prior approval is obtained from the Office of the Auditor-General.
  • Any person who wishes to be a candidate while subject to a Court Order under section 31 if the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 should take legal advice.
  • An employee of a local authority who is elected as mayor or councillor of that local authority must resign as an employee before taking up his/her position as an elected member. The rules of an individual local authority may require an employee to take leave of absence for campaigning purposes prior to the election.


A candidate pack will be available in June 2022.


Positions in this election

Waitomo District Council


(a) Election of the Mayor

(b) Election of six (6) Councillors as follows:


Te Kuiti Ward

three (3) Councillors

Waitomo Rural Ward

three (3) Councillors


Waikato Regional Council – (WRC)


Election of two (2) Councillors to represent the Waipa-King Country constituency and one (1) Councillor to represent the Nga Tai ki Uta constituency.

There will be a separate candidate handbook for the WRC election available from the Waikato Regional Council on free phone 0800 800 401.



Maangai Taunaki

Maangai Taunaki is a series of wānanga, which aims to support great Māori candidates, campaign teams and engaging champions in local democracy. 

Click the links below to check out the wānanga:

Session 1: Planning an effective campaign

Session 2: Building a platform and a message

Session 3: Being visible in your community and managing media (scheduled for 31 May 2022)


Important Documents

If you are considering standing for Council, if would help if you became familiar with these plans and reports

10 Year Plan (PDF 10.57 MB)

Annual Report 2020/21 (PDF 11.36 MB)

Other Plans and Strategies