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2019 Elections information

Determine the Future of Tairāwhiti - You could be the next leader in your community. 

Check out the first in a series of videos about how you can get involved in this year's local body elections. 

Before you can cast a vote or stand for council, you need to be enrolled on the New Zealand Parliamentary Electoral Roll. Visit the Electoral Commission website to start the registration process. Get ready to enrol (external link)
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Triennial elections for elected members will be by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Elections will be required for the following positions:
1 Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
Councillors (13)
. Gisborne ward (9)
. Matakaoa-Waiapu ward (1)
. Taruheru-Patutahi ward (1)
. Tawhiti-Uawa ward (1)
. Waipaoa ward (1)
. Tairawhiti District Health Board members (7 members elected ‘at large’)

Nominations for the positions open Friday 19 July and close noon Friday 16 August 2019.

Enrolment form and information

Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors [PDF, 151 KB]

For more information on nominations, the electoral roll and voting period read the
Fact Sheet for Triennial Election [PDF, 2.8 MB] 

Watch this series of videos

Thinking about standing for local government?

Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The following videos will give you an insight in to what you can expect in each of the various roles you might choose to put yourself forward for in the 2019 Elections. 

We recommend you watch the videos on the latest version of Chrome to avoid any technical issues.

You can also find more detailed information for candidates on the Local Government NZ website(external link) 

Standing for local government.

Standing for local government video(external link)

To introduce you to the elected member roles, including a description of what elected members do. By the end of the video you'll be able to clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved and consider what elected members actually do. 

What do you need to be an elected member?

What you need to be an elected member video(external link)

To help you think about what skills you'll need to have and behaviours you'll need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help.    

By the end of this video you will be able to clarify the value of diversity around the council table and think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.

How councils work

How councils work video(external link)

To help you find out about how councils work and are funded.  By the end of this video you will be able to explain how councils make decisions and find out about elected members’ pay.

Nomination requirements

Nomination requirements video(external link)

To help you understand the next steps to take, if you've decided to stand for local government. By the end of this video you will be able to complete the local government nomination requirements and think about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you.

Your first days as an elected member

Your first days as an elected member video(external link)

Gives you an idea of what to expect if you're successfully elected. By the end of this video you will get important dates into your diary so that you're available for those essential first meetings.

Candidate information booklet

If you're interested in becoming a candidate and want more information you can download and print a copy of the information booklet
Candidate information booklet 2019   [PDF, 3.6 MB]

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