Candidates standing for election to a local body or community board can start campaigning at any time and can continue up to and including Election Day, as long as the rules set out in Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations are followed.
Campaign advertising is subject to the following rules:
- Advertisements are defined as anything published in a newspaper, periodical, notice, poster, pamphlet, handbill, billboard or card, or broadcast over radio or television.
- Advertisements must be authorised in writing by the candidate or the candidate’s agent.
- Advertisements must contain a statement setting out the true name and address of the person or persons for whom or at whose direction they are published.
- Campaign expenses incurred by or on behalf of candidates during the 3 months before polling day (the applicable period) must be included in the candidate’s electoral expenses return.
Expense returns are required within 55 days of the official declaration of results. Complete the Candidate expenses return form and submit it to the Electoral Officer:
Candidate Expenses Return Form (116KB PDF) l Text version (18KB RTF)
Candidate campaigns are subject to the following expenditure limits:
|Councillor (Northern, Eastern, Onslow - Western and Lambton wards)
|Councillor (Southern ward)
|Tawa Community Board member
|Makara - Ohariu Community Board member
|Greater Wellington Regional Councillor (Wellington constituency)
|Greater Wellington Regional Councillor (Porirua - Tawa constituency)
|Capital and Coast District Health Board member
If you are standing for more than one position, then the higher limit applies (not both combined).
Full details of the election campaigning rules are included in the candidate handbook for elections.
Wellington City Council has guidelines about putting up election hoardings in the city. These guidelines also apply to candidates and political parties involved in general (parliamentary) elections.
Election Hoardings Guidelines
Information on New Zealand’s 2014 general election is available from: