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Stand in the local elections

Nominations for mayor and councillors opens Friday 15 July 2022 and close 12 noon Friday 12 August 2022.

Nomination papers will be available during this period from:

  • Gisborne District Council, 15 Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne.
  • Te Puia Springs Service Centre, 4746 Waiapu Road, Te Puia Springs
  • Here on our website
  • Phone the electoral office ph: 0800 922 822

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

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand) on either the general or Māori electoral roll, irrespective of the ward being nominated for; and
  • nominated by 2 electors whose names appear on the respective electoral roll within the area that a candidate is standing for.

A detailed candidate information handbook will be available soon.

Guidance on the Māori Ward

Information for candidates

How much will it cost me to stand?

You will need to pay a nomination deposit of $200 GST inclusive. This deposit applies to each election (position) you stand for.

Your nomination deposit can be paid by electronic bank transfer, EFTPOS or cash - cheques are not accepted.

If you poll more than 25% of the final quota as determined by the last iteration (for STV elections) you'll receive your nomination deposit back.

Your nomination must be received by 12 noon Friday 12 August 2022.

What qualifications and experience do I need?

Nothing formal.

Elected members come from all walks of life and generally have a will/desire to serve the community.

All (or some) of the following capabilities will be useful in the elected member role:

  • quality decision-making
  • political acumen
  • leadership
  • cultural awareness
  • strategic thinking
  • knowledge and understanding of Gisborne District Council and local government
  • communication and engagement
  • relationship building and collaboration

Do I need to be a resident in the area that I'm standing in?

No you don't, but you must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand) and be a New Zealand citizen by birth or naturalisation ceremony.

You will however need to disclose whether or not you reside in the area you are standing for in the candidate profile statement.

The 2 people who nominate you must be on the relevant Parliamentary Electoral Roll within the area you are standing for.

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