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Why vote in local government elections?

Voting is an easy way for you to influence what our collective future will look like.  The topics below affect your life more than you think about, and the changes made to any of these shape the culture of where we live.

Waikato Regional Council has a responsibility to deliver functions at the regional scale, for example:

  • regional transport

  • flood protection and drainage in catchments

  • civil defense emergency management

  • controlling pests and enhancing biodiversity 

  • managing the use of natural resources (water, soil, air, geothermal and coasts)

  • responding to pollution

  • water safety

 

In comparison, Hamilton City Council and Waikato District Council both deal with things like:

  • local roads and parking

  • water supply & wastewater

  • rubbish collection

  • public toilets

  • landuse and subdivisions

  • community facilities (libraries, sports fields and parks, pools and playgrounds)

  • Health and safety rules (buildings, liquor licenses, animal control)

How and where to vote

There is a great summary provided on the vote.nz website - you can check if you are enrolled, or read how to get special election papers if you are not. 

These elections are run by postal voting.  Once you have received your voting paper and information booklet in the mail, and made your selections on the voting paper, you can send it off by dropping it in to any Post office or any street post box - here is a link to see where your nearest ones are located.

What does a Councillor do?

A councillor should represent local community views and make decisions on big-picture issues to help guide the region towards a sustainable future - this includes a healthy environment, a strong economy and vibrant communities.  Day-to-day tasks often include a lot of reading and conversations with others to really understand the issues well, followed by meetings and workshops.  Most of this relates to new council strategies and policies, allocation of resources and funding, or determining effectiveness of current initiatives and projects.