Waikato Mayoral hopeful Jacqui Church says Whāingaroa "at the forefront of progressive thinking"


Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson announced he’s giving up his mayoral position after 12 years to spend more time on the farm ahead of the 2022 local body elections and Awarao ki Tuakau Ward Councillor Jacqui Church is throwing her hat in the ring for the Waikato District mayoralty.

Jacqui is currently in her third term as District Councillor for the Awaroa ki Tuakau ward covering Pokeno, Tuakau and the rural areas bordering Auckland. A business owner and mother to two adult children, Jacqui lives by the awa at Port Waikato with her husband.

“I sincerely acknowledge you all and highly value Whāingaroa for being at the forefront of progressive thinking, sustainable community action and inclusiveness.”

“I would be honoured if you would consider supporting me as I stand for Mayor,”  said Jacqui in a candidate statement.

Jacqui says she is deeply connected to Waikato and its success and is committed to empowering the people of Waikato to thrive through sustainable economic, social and cultural development.

Her passion lies in working with people; “I particularly welcome your questions, concerns, opinions and collaborations on our local communities and rural activities; in particular, what we can do together, to improve outcomes with smart thinking.”

With the incumbent mayor leaving after one of the longest mayoral runs in the district, there could be a contest for the mayoralty come election time, with Waikato District Deputy Mayor Aksel Bech also declaring he will be standing for the position of mayor.

The local election day is set for Saturday 8 October 2022 with candidate nominations opening on  Friday 15 July.