Information for Candidates

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 2019: Our comprehensive guide outlining important information about standing for local government, how councils work, nomination requirements and common questions is available here.  

Specific information for candidates in Auckland can be found here.

For profile information on current elected members in New Zealand click here.


Things to know once you're elected

Click here for a handy collection of thoughts and tips from our Young Elected Members' Committee.


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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)


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Nomination process

Candidate nominations are open from 19 July 2019 until 16 August 2019 at 12 noon.

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. 
  • Candidates must be New Zealand citizens.

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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.

Promoting yourself can include:

  • 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;
  • make sure your email and contact details are clear.


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