Putting yourself forward as a candidate for local government is a big decision. If you're successful, you'll have the opportunity to make a real difference in your community. If you miss out this time, then you've brought your ideas into the conversation and also made an important contribution.
Running for Council is challenging, especially for first-timers. Putting yourself out there - campaigning, door-knocking, public speaking and debating - can be daunting. We totally get that. But help is at hand: LGNZ - Local Government New Zealand - have prepared a brilliant series of videos that'll give you a detailed insight into what you might expect if you put yourself forward for the 2019 elections.
Here you'll hear from real people - with real experience. We encourage you to view these videos - but first some logistics.
Thinking of standing? Then start out with our Candidate Handbook, an informative 35-page guide to 'all you need to know' about the upcoming elections.
Thinking very seriously about standing? Napier is represented by a Mayor and 12 councillors from four wards. You can download nomination forms from our website below, or else get a copy from our Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street.
Our Pre-election report gives voters and candidates information about the important issues facing Napier City Council, our current financial position and the major projects we have coming up over the next three years. We hope it will aid informed public discussion in the run up to the elections.
Did you miss our Candidates' Information Evening on 24 July 2019? If you did, fear not - we have the briefing pressa right here!
Nominations open on Friday 19 July and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August.
You can pick up your nomination form from our Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings St or from our website. We'll be putting them up the moment nominations open (on Friday 19 July 2019).
Well, that's up to the voters. But candidates with cool heads, kind hearts and great ideas (and a willingness to listen to even better ones) are always welcome.
It does. Candidates put forward a $200 deposit when they submit their nomination form. This may be refunded after the election if you receive a certain percentage of the total vote.
Yes, of course. 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-August 2019 once their nomination is confirmed. We'll also make a digital copy available.
Remember nominations open on Friday 19 July (and close at noon on Friday 16 August). Postal voting opens on Friday 20 September and runs until Saturday 12 October. Results are announced around the Thursday 17 October.
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