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2022 Candidate Information

List of Confirmed Candidates

You can view a list of people that are confirmed as candidates for the 2022 election from here - this is  updated regularly as new candidates are confirmed:

List of confirmed candidates

Meet the Candidate Events

Here are the "Meet the Candidate" events that we are aware of:

24-08-20227:00pmFeilding Civic CentreRotary Club of Feilding Oroua
01-09-20227:00pmFeilding Civic CentreMDC
08-09-20227:00pmHalcombe HallHalcombe Community Committee
12-09-20227:30pmKimbolton HallKimbolton Community Committee
13-09-20229:45amFeilding Civic CentreMakino Probus
13-09-20227:00pmHiwinui SchoolHiwinui Community Committee
14-09-2022tbatbaRongotea Community Committee
15-09-20227:00pmHimatangi Beach  Events CentreHimatangi Beach Community Committee
20-09-20227:00pmSanson Community HallSanson Community Committee
21-09-2022tbaRangiotu HallBainesse-Rangiotu Community Committee

To have your event added to this listing, please email details to

Candidate Briefing Session

A candidate information session was held at Manawatū District Council on Tuesday 02 August 2022, at 7:00pm. People interested in being a candidate for election in the 2022 Council elections  heard directly from the Electoral Officer everything they need to know about running for election to the Manawatū District Council.

Information was also provided for people interested in being a candidate in the Horizons Regional Council.

View the presentation from the briefing: Candidate Information Briefing Presentation

View the video recording of the briefing:  YouTube | Candidate Information Briefing 02 August 2022

Candidate Handbook

A guide for everyone standing for election to Council at the 2022 elections is available from the link below.  Copies are available with the nomination documents from Council's administration building:

Candidate Information Handbook - Candidate Information Handbook 2022

Candidate Conflicts of Interest

Candidates cannot be anyone that has an involvement in contracts over $25,000 with the Council. This restriction can be waived if prior approval from the Office of the Controller and Auditor General is sought.

The two specific rules in the Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act are that members cannot:

  • enter into contracts with their local authority worth more than $25,000 in a financial year; or
  • participate in matters before their authority in which they have a pecuniary interest, other than an interest in common with the public.

See information on the Office of the Auditor General's website: Guidance on Candidate Conflicts of Interest.

Pre-Election Report

The pre-election report is a report that provides information to promote public discussion about the issues facing the Council. It is required by Section 99A(4) Local Government Act 2002. You will be able to find out more about Major Capital Projects planned for the next three years from this report.

To download a copy of the Pre-Election Report, please click here. Printed copies will be available from the Feilding Library and Council's administration building, from 28 July 2022 onwards.

Election Signs

Electioneering signs are permitted in the two month period prior to the election (i.e. from 8 August) and must be removed before the day of the election. More information is in the Candidate Information Handbook.

Please note electioneering signs cannot be placed on Council-owned property, or on roads (from boundary to boundary).

Election Timetable

From 15 July 2022 Elections advertised and nominations called
15 July - 12 August 2022 Candidate nomination period - closes 12 noon on 12 August 2022
28 July 2022 Manawatu District Council Pre-election report available
02 August 2022 Candidate Briefing Session - 7:00pm Council Chambers
16 September - 8 October 2022 Voting period (including Special Voting). Early processing period.
8 October 2022 Election day. Voting closes at 12 noon.
Progress results announced.
By 13 October 2022 Official result released
From 13 October 2022 Official result advertised
5 December 2022 Register of election expenses and donation expenses published and available for public viewing

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the upcoming Council elections?  The answer may be in our  Frequently Asked Questions resource.

Return of Expenses and Donations Forms

A copy of the candidates' electoral expenses and donation forms can be viewed here from 5 December 2022.