This year’s local government elections are approaching and if you’ve ever thought of standing as a candidate, maybe now is the time.
The introduction of the Tākitimu Māori Ward earlier this year was a significant change for Hastings District Council. You don’t need to be of Māori descent or be on the Māori electoral roll to stand for a Māori ward or constituency (but you do need to be a New Zealand citizen, a parliamentary elector somewhere in New Zealand and be nominated by two electors from the area you are standing in).
Who can be a candidate?
To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be:
You do not need to reside in the area (e.g. district, ward or community board) that you are standing for. Any eligible person is able to stand for Māori or general wards – people do not need to live in the Māori or general ward they are being nominated for.
You don't need any special qualifications. Elected members come from all walks of life, with diverse ideas and experiences.
How can I become a candidate?
Head to this page for more info.
7 June 2022
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