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Candidates

Candidate nominations have closed for 2016.  You might like to think ahead to the 2019 elections.

It’s an exciting time to be part of local government and local elections are a great opportunity to see your community progress from your dedication. A democracy only succeeds if people who care for the community are prepared to give it a go, do their bit and have a say.

We have searched for the best people to shape our cities, towns and regions. Our members need vision and commitment to help them make our communities better places in which to live.

Successful local election candidates are those that take the time to listen to their communities, engage with the people within them and go on to champion their voice as their representative

As an elected member, you’ll have our backing. You’ll be supported by us and our commitment to providing all elected members with the advice, support and professional development they need to do the best job they can for their community.

 

Tools and guidelines

Candidate guide 2016: Our comprehensive guide outlining important information about standing for local government, how councils work, nomination requirements and common questions is available here.  

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Specific information for candidates in Auckland can be found here.


Roles candidates can stand for

There are a number of roles within local government that candidates can stand for:

  • mayor
  • councillor (in either a territorial authority or regional council)
  • local board member
  • community board member
  • district Health Board (if available in your district)
  • local licensing trust (again if your district or city has one)


Nomination process

Candidate nominations have closed for 2016.  You might like to think ahead to the 2019 elections.

Nomination involves the following steps: 

  • Completion of an official nomination form, sent to the council’s electoral officer.
  • Nominations from two people. Candidates cannot nominate themselves, and those who nominate candidates must be over 18 years old and enrolled to vote in the area the candidate is planning to stand.
  • Candidates must consent to their nomination going forward.
  • A $200 deposit must be paid, which may be refunded depending on election results. 


Promoting yourself

Local elections involve competition which is a sign of a healthy democracy.  One of the most important challenges facing a candidate is how to successfully promote themselves and their ideas to the community.

Our advice? Get out there and talk to people – find out how individuals and families in your communities are feeling, what are their needs and wants? Then put together a strategy to address these issues as a leader, the more in-tune you are, the better you’ll be as a leader.

A candidate may:

  • call people he/she knows;
  • distribute leaflets;
  • door knock;
  • collaborate with local organisations;
  • prepare articles for local newspapers;
  • pay for press ads;
  • provide a profile of his or her background to the local paper;
  • address public meetings;
  • give interviews to local radio stations;
  • create an online presence.

 

Nationwide candidate data

The number of candidates has been relatively consistent over the last few years, with 3328 in 2010, and 3197 in 2013 and a decline of 2% with 3117 standing for the 2016 elections.

There has been a decline of 2% in number of candidates since 2013

The number of women standing for local government remains steady at 28.5% of all candidates in 2010, 30% in 2013 and is 28% in 2016.

The number of mayors elected unopposed has been relatively consistent, being 9 in 2010, 7 in 2013 to 10 in 2013.

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Year   

Candidates   

Seats   

Ratio per seat   

Women   

Proportion women candidates

2010

3325

1619

2.05

948

28.5%

2013

3197

1566

2.05

968

30.0%

2013

3117

1570

2.00

881

28.0%

 

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Competition for seats

1989

2.37

1992

1.94

1995

1.95

1998

2.18

2001

2.33

2004

2.00

2007

2.07

2010

2.06

2013

2.04

2016

2.00

.

 

 




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Our Vote2016 partner NZME. is pleased to offer exclusive discounted candidate rates for advertising through a range of national media.

Click here for further information.

NZME STACKED TAG

We are searching for the best people to shape our cities, towns and regions. 

To view a collection of short interviews with elected members around why they chose to stand, what some of their achievements have been and the advice they offer to those considering standing in this year's elections 

CLICK HERE

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