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Where will you be watching the debates?

It’s nearly time to see your future councillors go toe-to-toe on topics important to you.

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Shane Beech withdraws from election race

Unfortunately Shane Beech has had to withdraw his nomination for Maketu-Te Puke Ward Councillor due to personal reasons.

Shane's profile will still be in the voting pack you will receive from 16 September as they have already been printed.

Please do not vote for Shane as any votes for him will not be counted.

Get to know your Council candidates

Want to match the names of Council candidates to faces, and learn more about the people? You’re in luck! Photos and profiles for those standing in Western Bay of Plenty District Council's election are now online at, to help the community get to know the people vying for their votes.

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Official notice of candidate nominations

Here's the official notice of nominations received. Notice is given under section 65 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 that the following persons have been duly nominated as candidates.


The race is on for Western Bay’s local government elections

A total of 58 people have put their pōtae (hat) in the ring to represent the Western Bay. Nominations for the 32 positions available in Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s 2022 electoral race closed at midday on Friday 12 August, with a mix of new and incumbent candidates.

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We want your questions

If you could ask anything to those standing in this year’s election, what would it be? Well, here’s your chance. This election Western Bay of Plenty District Council is shaking things up, providing an opportunity for the public to press the future councillors on important issues.

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Save the dates. Join us at our candidate debates

Quick-fire questions, challenging scenarios, and crowd-sourced queries are all part of the dynamic plan to get to know candidates a bit better this election.

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Why standing for Council is important

Chlöe Swarbrick, member of Parliament for Auckland Central, shares her thoughts on the importance of standing for Council.


Why are young people important in local government?

Aotearoa New Zealand's youngest councillor, Sophie Handford from Kāpiti Coast District Council, tells us her thoughts.


E Tū (stand) and be the change we need

Western Bay, it’s time. It’s time to E Tū (stand) and be part of Generation Change He panoni ā reanga. Nominations are now open for Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s Mayor, Councillor and Community Board seats in the 2022 local body election.

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Attracting diversity to the WBOP council table

“We need to look like, sound like, be like, the people that we’re representing – the people we’re making decisions for.”

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Calling all changemakers this election year

We’re calling on you to be a part of Generation Change / He panoni ā reanga in this year’s elections.

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What does representing your community on Council really mean?

It’s time to understand that Council makes decisions on more than just roads, rates and rubbish.

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All you need to know about Council this election

We've revamped the traditional ‘Pre-election report’ and published it as the guide Allyou need to know about Council Ngā kōrero whamōhio atui ngā āhuatanga o te Kaunihera to educate residents on the current state of play.

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School up on being a candidate in this year’s elections

Keen to stand for Council and make change in our community but don’t know where to begin? Alongside the 2022 Candidate Handbook – a comprehensive guide to what is involved in standing for Council – there are two Candidate Information Sessions planned for July 26 and 27 or the chance to kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) kōrero with staff.

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How you Council is up to you

Would shorter Council meetings starting at 7pm make you think again about standing for Council? As part of Generation Change / He panoni ā reanga, we want to kōrero on what changes would allow a more diverse range of people to become a Councillor.

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Wherever you pay rates you can vote

Do you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another area? You may qualify to vote in both areas at the local authority elections in October 2022.

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Bring your burning election questions to our candidate info sessions

If you're on the fence about standing for Council in this year’s elections, why not come to one of our two candidate information sessions held in Katikati and Te Puke.

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