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Source: Whangarei District Council

This page contains information about the Local Elections in October 2019.

Updated: 9/07/2019 3:35 p.m.

​Are you interested in becoming a District Councillor and representing your community on decisions affecting the District? 

Would you like to know more about standing for Council?

Northland’s districts are encouraging people from all walks of life to consider standing for the region’s councils and health board during the local government elections this October.

“We know people are sometimes interested but don’t know exactly where to begin to find out more about it,” said Whangarei District Council’s Chief Executive Rob Forlong.

“To help with that five public meetings will be held in the Whangārei District in July and August, outlining all the things you need to know when looking at standing. And for those who would prefer to do a bit of research on the quiet, we have the same information on the elections page (link below).

We also have a candidates’ booklet that outlines all the ‘need to knows’.

Mr Forlong said the booklet, the websites and the candidate briefings cover: 

  • how our organisations are structured

  • what councillors do, their roles and responsibilities

  • how much of a time commitment is required 

  • pay and costs

  • eligibility to stand

  • nominations process 

  • election timetable 

  • induction process and rules around nominations, running and campaigning for election. 

“I encourage everyone who has an interest in Council to go online, get a copy of the booklet, go to the briefings, and find out all they can.”  

Thinking of standing for Council?

Briefings for candidates.

The candidate information briefings are held to provide an opportunity for those members of the public who are considering standing for office to find out:

  • how the organisation is structured

  • the skills required, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives

  • matters pertaining to the elections (eligibility, nominations, timetable, induction process and remuneration).

Registration to attend is not required.