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Information for candidatesNgā kōrero whakamārama mā ngā kaitono

If you’re thinking of running for council you can pick up your nomination form from our Customer Service Centre, or this website ( closer to the elections). You also need to meet criteria, as outlined below, more details will be on your nomination form.

Elections - Tips for candidates

Our local authority elections are held every three years, and give people the opportunity to stand for Mayor, local council, and District Health Board. The last election was held on 8 October 2016: our next election will be held on Saturday 12 October 2019.

I'm thinking of standing for Council

Great! You can pick up your nomination form from our Customer Service Centre, or this website (from Friday 19 July 2019). A couple of things. You'll need to be on the New Zealand electoral roll: you'll also need two nominators who must be on the Napier City Electoral roll. You do not have to live in the area you wish to stand for. We'll ask for a deposit when you submit your nomination form (this will be refunded if you're elected).

Do you need any special qualifications to stand? No, not really - just a willingness to participate. Elected members come from all walks of life. 

Anything else I need to know?

We provide a handbook that has everything you need to know about standing and campaigning. It's a great read - aspiring candidates will receive their copy in July 2019 once their nomination is confirmed.


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