Standing for Election

This page details how you can become a candidate and be nominated for local body elections, as well as the Candidate Information Booklet.

Becoming a Candidate    

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand

A candidate in the local elections needs to be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the Electoral Roll for the district or ward for which the candidate is standing.  Becoming a candidate costs $200 including GST.  This may be refunded, depending on how many votes the candidate receives.

In addition, a candidate for election to a district health board must not be disqualified by either Clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.

Detailed candidate information booklets are now available (phone the Electoral Officer to request a hard copy):


Nominations for all positions will open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Nomination forms will be available during this period from all Council offices, or by telephoning 03 543 8554 for one to be posted out.

Candidates must be nominated by two people, both of whom need to sign the nomination form. The nominees must be on the electoral roll for the district or ward of the district in which the candidate is standing (e.g. candidates for the Motueka Ward must be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the Electoral Roll for the Motueka Ward). Candidates must also sign the nomination form. 

Candidates cannot nominate themselves for office. They can stand independently or under a party grouping or affiliation – similar to the process that political parties use in parliamentary elections.


  • Nominators for candidates on district councils or for community boards can be residential or ratepayer electors.
  • Nominators of District Health Board candidates must be residential electors in the district health board’s area.