Why you should vote in the local elections
Make sure you have your say on issues affecting Taranaki ki Te Tonga/South Taranaki and your local community by voting in the 2022 local elections.
Why your vote is important
There’s no level of government in Aotearoa New Zealand that is more directly involved in the day-to-day happening within your local community, than your council.
Voting in the local elections is important if you want to have your say on what matters to you. We deliver many services to our communities across the Taranaki ki Te Tonga/South Taranaki District such as:
- the rates you pay and the services and assets they pay for
- the district's economic recovery and investment for vital infrastructure
- having a say on how we monitor and protect our natural environment
- what cultural, family and sporting events take place near you
- play spaces for children in your local parks
- visiting libraries, recreation centres and pools or hiring a community hall
- rules around where you can walk your dog
- the quality of water from your tap and at your local beaches
- town centre and local development and a thriving community
- making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians around the city and region
- a range of other services, like checking buildings are built properly, restaurant health rules, alcohol licences and public art.
The people you vote for will also decide on funding and maintenance of critical infrastructure that makes Taranaki ki Te Tonga/South Taranaki District a great place to live. Your vote can make a difference.
Get ready to vote
Local elections are held every three years. Voting opens in this local body election on 16 September 2022.
You can vote if you are enrolled as a voter with the Electoral Commission.
See How to enrol to vote for more information about the Electoral Commission and voting.