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Source: Whangarei District Council

This page contains information about the local elections in October 2019.

Updated: 10/07/2019 12:00 a.m.

​Sometimes people are interested in standing for Council but are not sure exactly what it involves.  

Over the next few weeks Council News will run a series of stories answering some of these questions, including more about our ward system. 

More information is available on the election page (link below) or at Councillor Briefings, or in the candidates handbook, available free of charge from Council offices. 

Can I stand for office? 

A candidate for the Whangarei District Council must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen and

  • a parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand)

  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll for the District or subdivision of the District.

Anyone standing as Mayor or Councillor (or who is a candidate’s spouse) must not be concerned or interested in contracts over $25,000 with the Whangarei District Council. 

What role can I stand for?

A candidate may: 

  • seek nomination to stand as either a ward councillor or mayor or both 

  • seek nomination as Whangarei District Mayor and Councillor at the same time but not as a Northland Regional Councillor at the same time

  • stand for either the Whangarei District Council (councillor or Mayor) or the Northland Regional Council, but not both at the same time

  • stand for one ward only (not multiple wards)

  • stand for the Whangarei District Council and the Northland District Health Board, separately or at the same time.

If a person standing for both Mayor and Councillor is elected Mayor, then the person who polled next highest in their ward will take the ward councillor role. 

Thinking of standing for Council?

Briefings for candidates.

Candidate information evenings are held to provide an opportunity for 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.