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Information for candidatesNgā kōrero whakamārama mā ngā kaitono

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.

How Council works

What we aim for: 2022-2025-Local-Governance-Statement.pdf (

How we achieve it: Long Term Plan 2021-31 | Napier City Council

When we meet: Meetings | Napier City Council

In addition to the public meetings, as a councillor you will attend weekly workshops with staff and may also attend meetings for joint committees, working groups, regional or national local government organisations.

Candidate handbook

The candidate handbook is crammed with essential information about how Council works and the election process. It answers common questions about campaigning and advertising, and what we require from candidates. 

To read more on the elections process for candidates, please view our 2022 Local Government Elections Candidate Handbook.

Pre-election Report

The Pre-election Report provides voters and candidates with information about the key issues facing Napier City Council. Its purpose is to promote public discussion in the lead up to the local body elections to be held on 8 October 2022.

The Pre-election Report has a particular focus on how the Council is performing financially, including the current financial position and key spending issues over the coming years. It provides historic information for the past three years, an overview of the current election year and the Council’s planned financial position for the next three years. It also outlines Council’s broader financial goals, which are included in its 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

To view the Pre-election Report please visit our Pre-election Report webpage here.


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