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Under the Local Electoral Act 2001 there are limits on how much candidates can spend on their election campaigns. The amount candidates can spend is determined by the population of the ward/area they are standing in. The maximum spend limits were:

  Population as at 30
June 2015 estimate
$ expenditure limit
(incl. GST)
Mayoral candidate 19,110 $14,000
Paeroa Ward 5,960  $7,000
Plains Ward  6,120 $7,000
Waihi Ward  7,030  $7,000


If a candidate stood for more than one position (e.g. mayor and councillor) then the higher limit applied (not both combined).

These limits applied between 12 July 2016 and 12 October 2016.

The 'Return of Electoral Expenses and Donations' form must be supplied to the Electoral Officer within 55 days of the official declaration of election results.

Electoral expenses returns from the 2016 candidates can be viewed below.

Mayoral candidates
Plains Ward Candidates
Paeroa Ward candidates
Waihi Ward candidates