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.
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.
Click here for a handy collection of thoughts and tips from our Young Elected Members' Committee.
There are a number of roles within local government that candidates can stand for:
Candidate nominations are open from 19 July 2019 until 16 August 2019 at 12 noon.
Nomination involves the following steps:
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: