People have until Saturday to pop their local government vote in one of the many ballot boxes dotted throughout supermarkets, libraries, and council buildings.
Councils are responsible for local roads, whether you can keep chickens in your backyard, how much it costs to swim at your local pool - and whether you even have one - and, for decades, they've been responsible for the provision of drinking, waste and storm water services, although that looks set to change.
It's not too late to enrol at www.vote.nz (but get in ASAP!).
RNZ Waikato reporter Andrew McRae spoke to Māni Dunlop about the region's issues and contests.