Local body elections are to be held on 08 October 2022. This year things are changing, with the addition of a Māori Ward: Representation for the 2022 Local Government Election announced:
The [Local Government Commission] determined that the following representation arrangements will apply:
Number of wards
There will be five wards, including four general wards and one Māori Ward.
Number of Councillors
The Council will comprise the mayor and 12 councillors elected as follows:
10 general ward councillors elected from four general wards and
Two Māori ward councillors elected from the Māori Ward.
Waikawa Beach lies in the Waiopehu general ward.