Find information about how you can stand as a candidate in the 2019 Local Government elections.
Do you want to make a difference? Are you looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your community? Being an elected member of the Wairoa District Council is an opportunity for you to work with your local communities. We need people who are skilled and committed to the local community. Help shape the future of our region by standing as a candidate.
Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close at 12 noon on 16 August 2019.
You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable.
To stand for council, you need to be:
There are no special qualifications required to stand for council.
Wairoas community is diverse, and we want a council that reflects that diversity – of culture, ethnicity, age and passion – and from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Elected members bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:
Help shape the future of our region by standing as a candidate for the Regional Council or Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
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Being an elected member of the Wairoa District Council is an opportunity for you to work with and for your local community.
How to stand for Council
In order to be a candidate you have to be nominated by two (2) nominators. If you are standing as a candidate in the General ward or the Māori ward depends on which ward your nominators are enrolled in. It doesn't matter if you yourself are enrolled in the General or Māori ward, you can stand as a candidate in any of the two wards.
Here are a few examples:
We encourage you to attend a Council meeting to see what is involved.
The main reason people don't vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.
A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community. Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes.
There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how and when signage can be displayed. For full details, see The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website.
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