Thames-Coromandel District Council

Thames Ward
The Thames-Coromandel District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of nine councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Three councillors will be elected from the Thames ward. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Thames-Coromandel District Council election.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Establish a regular public out-of-council presence to engage my community on a large range of topics (Saturday market stall or cafe drop in).

    Commit to ensure council engagement with mana whenua is meaningful, including moving co-governance committees out of council and onto marae.

    Meet regularly with the Chief Executive to ensure staff wellbeing is properly considered in our decision making.

  • Accountability, in conjunction with practicality, is vital. Knowledge with open minds and equally with open hearts, will lead us all.

    Honesty is the critical key in all we wish to achieve for our community. Without total honesty, nothing of significant benefit can be had.

    Public engagement, public input, public knowledge, without ego, without hidden agendas, will enable positive beneficial change for all.

  • Have an induction process for elected members and new staff that celebrate mana whenua and keep exploring new ways to collaborate.

    Consider establishing a Citizens Assembly to re-engage with the 50% of voters who don't currently participate in local elections.

    Work with central government reforms to ensure that local democracy is protected and still provides a strong voice for our community to be heard.

  • Providing regular opportunities for people to engage and discuss concerns in a non-formal environment.

    Available and keen to work meaningfully and respectfully with mana whenua.

    Value and support communication and openness so that staff have access to wellbeing support and are delivering good and collaborative work.

  • Empower community boards connect with and represent all community groups, to establish their needs and solutions for submission to council.

    Work with the CEO to ensure council operations are fit for purpose to enact council policy and their statutory duties.

  • Establish a regular public out-of-council presence to engage my community on a large range of topics (Saturday market stall or cafe drop in).

    Commit to ensure council engagement with mana whenua is meaningful, including moving co-governance committees out of council and onto marae.

    Meet regularly with the Chief Executive to ensure staff wellbeing is properly considered in our decision making.

  • Accountability, in conjunction with practicality, is vital. Knowledge with open minds and equally with open hearts, will lead us all.

    Honesty is the critical key in all we wish to achieve for our community. Without total honesty, nothing of significant benefit can be had.

    Public engagement, public input, public knowledge, without ego, without hidden agendas, will enable positive beneficial change for all.

  • Have an induction process for elected members and new staff that celebrate mana whenua and keep exploring new ways to collaborate.

    Consider establishing a Citizens Assembly to re-engage with the 50% of voters who don't currently participate in local elections.

    Work with central government reforms to ensure that local democracy is protected and still provides a strong voice for our community to be heard.

  • Providing regular opportunities for people to engage and discuss concerns in a non-formal environment.

    Available and keen to work meaningfully and respectfully with mana whenua.

    Value and support communication and openness so that staff have access to wellbeing support and are delivering good and collaborative work.

  • Empower community boards connect with and represent all community groups, to establish their needs and solutions for submission to council.

    Work with the CEO to ensure council operations are fit for purpose to enact council policy and their statutory duties.