Barnes re-elected mayor
Matamata-Piako mayor Jan Barnes will return to office unopposed to lead the district for the next three-year term.
The official list of candidates for the October local government elections were released. There will be no mayoral election, nor will there be an election to contest the Morrinsville or Te Aroha wards as the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies.
The only election contest remains in the Matamata ward where there are five candidates for the four seats available. Those enrolled will still receive voting documents for the Waikato District Health Board.
Some of the candidates elected unopposed are new councillors while others are incumbents.
In the Te Aroha ward, the councillors elected unopposed were Teena Cornes, Peter Jager, Ash Tanner, all incumbents.
In the Morrinsville ward, those elected unopposed include new faces Donna Arnold and Paul Cronin while incumbents Neil Goodger and James Thomas return to council.
The Matamata ward candidates include Joanne Aoake, James Sainsbury, Kevin Tappin, Adrienne Wilcock and Brain Hunter.
Voting papers will be sent from September 16, when the voting period opens. Voting papers must be received by the electoral officer by noon October 8.
No one was brave enough to challenge incumbent mayor Jan Barnes.