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Help shape the future of our district by standing as a candidate. Find out how to stand for Council, the procedure for nominations, and watch some useful videos.

Candidate nominations have now closed.

Information on candidates can be found here.

Stand for council - be a candidate in 2019

Do you want to make a difference? Are you looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your community? Being an elected member of Hastings District Council is an opportunity for you to work with your local community.  Help shape the future of our district by standing as a candidate.

Could I be a councillor?

You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable.

  • raising a family,
  • caring for a sick or disabled relative
  • volunteering
  • being active in faith or community groups.

To stand for council, you need to be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

There are no special qualifications required to stand for council.

We have a diverse community here in Hastings, and we want a council that reflects that diversity – of culture, ethnicity, age and passion – and from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Elected members bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:

  • decision making and strategic thinking
  • communication and community engagement
  • relationship building and collaboration.
  1. Complete and submit a nomination form between 19 July and 12 noon 16 August 2019
  2. Get two people to nominate you. These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area (constituency) you wish to stand in.
  3. Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.
  4. Learn about how council works and your roles and responsibilities if elected.

Candidates should:

  • find out what is important to your local community
  • familiarise yourself with Hawke’s Bay’s local government structure and the role of councillors.

We encourage you to attend a Council meeting to see what is involved.

The main reason people don't vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.

A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community. Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes.

  • Use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter as they are cheap to run and have wider reach
  • Get out into the community by door knocking, addressing public meetings and talking to the public in shopping malls or weekend markets
  • Look for interview opportunities on the radio, local newspapers or magazines
  • Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards.

There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how and when signage can be displayed. For full details, see The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website. Find out about Hastings District Council's hoardings policy.

For more information about standing for council in 2019, email HDC’s Electoral Officer.

Stand webVideos

Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The videos that follow 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. You’ll be hearing from real people - with real experience.

At the beginning of each video, we let you know what you can expect to learn about by the end of the video. Please feel free to watch the videos all at once or one at a time. We find it is best to view the videos on the latest version of Chrome to avoid any technical issues.

You can also find more detailed information for candidates on LGNZ's website.

We hope these videos help you decide if being an elected member is for you, and if so, what role would suit you best.  If you decide to run in the upcoming elections, we wish wish you the very best of luck.

Purpose: To introduce you to the elected member roles available to you, including a description of what elected members do.              25 minutes

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved
  • Describe the three types of local authority, and the roles within each
  • Consider what elected members actually do.  


Purpose: To help you think about what skills you will need to have and behaviours you will need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help.        6 minutes                       

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Review the important skills needed to be an elected member and what behaviours you will need to display
  • Clarify the value of diversity around the council table
  • Think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.


Purpose: To help you find out about how councils work and are funded.          16 minutes

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Describe how councils operate and are funded
  • Explain how councils make decisions
  • Find out about elected members’ pay.


Purpose: To help you understand the next steps to take, if you have decided to stand for local government.                3 minutes

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Explain how the electoral process works
  • Complete the local government nomination requirements
  • Think about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you.


Purpose: To give you an idea of what to expect if you are successfully elected.         5 minutes

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Describe what happens in the first month after the election if you are elected
  • Get important dates into your diary so that you are available for those essential first meetings.


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