Candidates running for Stratford community

Local election nominations for Stratford Borough Council closed at midday today, with candidates taking positions in all wards. A final list of nominations will be available online at


Managing Director Sven Hanne is thrilled to see people stepping up for the community. “Being part of the Council is a real privilege. Elected members can be the voice of others, sharing ideas and making decisions, with the best intentions for the future of our district,” he says.

“Local government is directly involved in the day-to-day events of your local community. It shapes where you live, whether it helps you get where you need to go or provides spaces for connection and creativity. So it’s important to have people around the room who are passionate about seeing the neighborhood thrive,” says Hanne.

Now that the nominations are complete, the next opportunity for people to leave their mark on the district is to vote.

At the time of this update, an election will be held for Stratford Rural Headquarters only, giving rural residents the opportunity to help decide who best represents them.

There are the same number of candidates as there are seats available for Mayor (1), Stratford Māori Ward (1) and Stratford Urban General Ward (6), so at this stage they will not require an election .

Voting in this year’s local elections is by mail, with voting papers being delivered to registered voters from September 16. Closing of votes on October 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Opportunities for the community to meet and learn about the candidates will be available in the coming weeks.

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