Your vote is your community voice
Do you use the roads? Do you recycle? Do you take your kids to the park? Do you own a dog? Do you swim at the pools or borrow books from the library?
If you answered ‘‘yes’’ to any of these questions, you use Matamata-Piako District Council services and are affected by the decisions councillors make, so your vote in local body elections is important.
During the last two local body elections, 41 per cent of the Matamata-Piako District’s voting population took part.
The national average is 50 per cent and although the district’s statistics are not the lowest in the Waikato, residents still need to be informed about why it is important to vote.
Matamata- Piako District Council CEO Don McLeod said the decisions the next council make could affect the community for several years.
‘‘It’s important to vote so that the people making those decisions reflect the values and issues you want for our district,’’ Mr McLeod said.
‘‘There are statements about each candidate on our website [mpdc.govt.nz]. ‘‘We encourage people to read these and seek other information about the candidates so they can make an informed vote.
‘‘ Democracy is a hugely important part of New Zealand society. If you have an interest in seeing our community stay strong and continue to develop, you should take the opportunity to vote.’’
Council electoral officer Sandy Barnes said ‘‘your vote is your voice’’.
‘‘If you’re satisfied or dissatisfied with the current council, you need to vote so that your voice is heard,’’ she said.
Voting papers are sent out during the week of September 20, and special voting forms are also available from council offices from September 20.