The battle for the Rotorua mayoralty has already started. Five people have so far put up their hands including incumbent Steve Chadwick, and Reynold Macpherson – the man who came closest last time.
Reporter Zizi Sparks gives her opinion on why local body elections matter and what's at stake for voters.
Steve Chadwick and Reynold Macpherson are more alike than you might think.
They both have family at heart, they both like gardening, and they both clearly care about Rotorua and local government.
But only one can be elected mayor in October.
With about five months before the election, they've