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Why voting matters
Why vote? Voting in local elections is a way to make sure that you have your say on issues affecting our region, city and your local community. A democracy works best when all voices are heard and represented at the decision-making table.
Elected members are accountable to their community through elections, so it is important that you are familiar with candidates’ aspirations and proposals for how they will act on your behalf.
Because your vote is so important for shaping the future of Auckland and what happens day-to day within your local community, make sure you know what your local candidates stand for and how they will represent the community.
Once all the candidates have been officially announced, you can find out more about them in the candidate profiles that will be published once nomination period is over.
What your vote influences
Introduction to Auckland Council section, we learnt all about Auckland Council’s services and responsibilities.
Voting in local elections is important if you want to have your say on what matters to you.
Your vote influences who is elected to make decisions for Auckland, so your vote helps shape what Auckland is like now and in the future.
The people you vote for will decide on the funding and maintenance of critical infrastructure that makes Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland such a great place to live.
Your vote can make a difference!
We deliver many services to our communities across the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region such as:
- Vital transport infrastructure.
- Making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians around the city.
Water, wastewater and stormwater
- The quality of water from your tap and at your local beaches.
Parks and community
- Libraries, recreation centres and pools or hiring a community hall.
- Play spaces for children in your local parks.
City centre and redevelopment
- How development can encourage a thriving community.
Economic and cultural development
- What cultural, family and sporting events take place near you.
Environmental management and regulation
- Having a say on how we monitor and protect our local environment.
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How local elections work.
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