Thinking about standing for local government?

Nomination Forms

Candidate Handbook

Detailed information about standing for election is available in the candidate handbook here [PDF 7.6 MB]

Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The videos that follow will give you an insight in to what you can expect in each of the various roles you might choose to put yourself forward for the next Election. You’ll be hearing from real people - with real experience. 

At the beginning of each video, we let you know what you can expect to learn about by the end of the video. Please feel free to watch the videos all at once or one at a time.

We hope these videos help you decide if being an elected member is for you, and if so, what role would suit you best.  If you decide to run in the upcoming elections, we wish you the very best of luck.

Ōtorohanga Pre-Election Report

Read our Chief Executive, Tanya Winter's, Pre-Election Report here [PDF 6.64 MB] to find out her view on the challenges and opportunities in our rohe (district) and for the Council, and the leadership she thinks we need to tackle the challenges and make the most of the opportunities.

Lifting Māori representation in the 2022 Local Elections

With many councils establishing Māori wards last year, Taurikura NZ and Waikato-Tainui have collaborated to develop Maangai Taunaki, a series of waananga to support candidates, campaign supporters and community champions. This information will be of interest to those thinking about standing as a candidate in the 2022 Local Elections. View the videos here