Standing for Council

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SO YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES

You’re passionate, service and community-oriented, a good listener, stick to your values, collaborative, and have some solid decision-making skills to boot.

Woohoo! Firstly, we’re proud of you. There’s currently no representation of young people on any councils in our region, and we’re trying to change that this year.

 We hope that this webpage can serve as a launching pad for you to get the basics of what you need to prepare for in order to kickstart a campaign that’ll take you far.

All aboard!


HOW DO I BECOME A CANDIDATE?

The only requirements are that you have to be a New Zealand citizen and your name must appear on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand). 

Official nominations open on Friday 16 July and close at noon on Friday 16 August. During this time, you’ll have to fill out a nomination paper from your Electoral Office. You’ll also need two people who are enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll in the area for which you’re standing to nominate you.  

For more details on standing (and to read the specific candidate handbooks) and for contact details, visit the following links for the council you want to stand for: 

HOW DO I RUN AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN?

Once you’ve filled out your nomination papers and had two people nominate you, you’ll need to start building your campaign to get your name out there and get people to vote for you! 

If you haven’t already read through the Local Government New Zealand candidate guide, you can do so here! It’s chock-full of important and useful information that you’ll need, no matter where you’re running or what you’re running for in New Zealand.

Here are a few things you’ll need to think about: 

  • Writing your campaign platform

    • What is your position on local Council issues and opportunities?

  • Setting up a budget to track spending 

    • How much can you afford to spend, and what are you going to spend it on?

  • Fundraising 

    • How will you drive donations from your supporters?

  • Marketing yourself 

    • Who will take your photo? Design your campaign collateral? Build your website? Run your social media platforms?

  • Creating a campaign team  

    • What skills do you need to create a successful campaign, complimentary to yours of course?

WHO DO I ASK FOR HELP OR INFORMATION?

You can reach out to your local Electoral Officer, check out the resources linked above from the various Councils.

Please contact us via the form below if you’re aged 35 or under and are planning to run, so that we can tautoko and uplift your campaign alongside the other young candidates.  

 
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