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Essential Resources

Click this link to download the information -  FNDC-Timetable-2022

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Click this link to download the information - FNDC Fact Sheet 2022

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Click this link to download the information: Far North DC FAQs - Triennial Elections

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The pre-election report prepared by our Chief Executive, Blair King, aims to promote public discussion and informed debate in the lead up to the local government elections 2022. This is also a time to look ahead to the significant challenges and opportunities that our district is likely to face over the next three years, and further into the future.

Click this link to download the information: FNDC Pre-election Report 2022

Click this link to download the information : 2022 Candidate Information Handbook

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Click this link to download the information:  Ratepayer Electors Enrolment Form - FNDC 2022

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Click this link to download the information:   Vote 2022 Local Elections Flyer

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Click this link to download the information: Waka Kotahi Electioneering Signs 2022 guidelines

Q&A Panel

Wednesday 20 July, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Watch it on our YouTube channel

Mariameno Kapa Kingi - Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri


Mariameno is of Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa descent. Her parents Paratene Kapa and Nan Te Auraki Heke moved their whānau of ten children from Te Kao to Whangārei where she attended school and started her first job.

For over 30 years Mariameno has focused on whānau Māori health, wealth, and wellbeing while working in the health, justice and social sectors. She believes Māori models of wellbeing are vital to enabling Māori to survive and flourish. Mariameno gained a Bachelor of Social Science degree while working and attributes her strength of character to knowing where she comes from and to whom she belongs.

As CEO of Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri, she is committed to Te Aupōuri, for Te Aupōuri, as Te Aupōuri wherever they may choose to live. Recently she was part of the collective iwi response to COVID-19, in the Far North. This inspired her to run as a Māori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau in the 2020 General Election.

Her vision for the future includes seeing He Whakaputanga, the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi fully realised.

Jude Thompson - Strategic Programmes Portfolio Manager, Northland Inc.


Jude is responsible for managing a portfolio of strategic programmes at Northland Inc. These include the Tai Tokerau Northland Economic Action Plan which encompasses multiple projects contributing to the transformation of Northland’s economy and Te Ōhanga Rautaki Whānui o Te Tai Tokerau – the region’s economic development strategy.

Jude reports on progress, performance and risk at all programme levels to both advisory and working groups, and supports project managers to achieve milestones and complete actions. She has experience in both public and private sectors and has worked extensively with regional stakeholders, Māori, local and central government.

Craig Taylor - Business Manager, Election Services


During his time with Election Services, Craig has assisted in the management of local government elections (2016) and many other large corporate and private entity elections. He has a strong background in business practice, business management, the relevant legislation and its practical application. Craig has a sound knowledge of the overall election process, including valuable insight into the operational aspects of the organisation.

Caroline Wilson - Manager, District Administration


As well as being responsible for the elections and representation arrangements for the Far North District Council, Caroline manages the Democracy Services Team. This team works closely with our elected members and staff providing procedural and legislative advice, managing the political meetings of Council and community boards, guiding staff on engaging with the decision-makers through reports and workshops, and providing administrative support to the elected members.

Nicolas Powell - FNDC, Youth Council


Nicolas Powell is a member of the Far North Youth Council and in Year 13 at Kerikeri High School. He has a wide range of interests including playing for the school football and cricket teams, as well as participating in debating and auctioneering. Nicolas plans to head to the University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau, for his undergraduate studies where he hopes to specialise in international law and then eventually travel to pursue a career in diplomacy.

Colin (Toss) Kitchen - Northland Regional Council

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Colin (Toss) Kitchen has dedicated his life to public service and has extensive experience in local government. He has served as a community board member, a councillor with Far North District Council, and is currently a councillor with Northland Regional Council. He is well known in Te Hiku having volunteered for 54 years with Kaitaia Volunteer Fire Brigade (still serving) and was Kaitaia Chief Fire Officer for 10 years. He also served for 10 years Chair of the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

Web links

Information on standing and voting in local body elections as well as answers to other frequently asked questions can be found on the websites below:

Last updated: 02 Apr 2024 4:20pm