Stand as a candidate and put forward your ideas for Wellington's future.

Nominations for candidates have closed

Nominations for candidates closed at 12 noon on 12 August 2016.

Wellington City Council 2016 local body elections logo. Declare your love for Wellington - stand for Council.

Why should you stand for Council?

Wellington needs people who are passionate about the city's future to stand for council.

Help build Wellington's strengths, achieve economic growth, and improve the quality of life for all Wellingtonians by translating this vision into actionable plans 

How you can make a difference

As an elected member, you get to voice the opinions of your community.

You can:

  • enable democratic local decision making and action by - and on behalf of - communities
  • have your say in meeting the current and future needs of communities in matters like infrastructure, public services and performance of regulatory functions
  • plan the direction the city heads in coming years.

Your role as an elected member

The elected Council is made up of the Mayor and 14 councillors. They are responsible for determining local legislation and defining the overall vision for the city.

As an elected member you are responsible for governance, including:

  • the development and adoption of Council policy
  • monitoring the performance of the Council against its stated objectives and policies
  • prudent stewardship of Council resources
  • representing the interests of the residents and ratepayers of the city.

Positions you can run for

There are a number of roles within local government you can stand for:

  • mayor
  • councillor (in either a territorial authority or a regional council)
  • local board member
  • community board member
  • district Health Board (if available in your district)
  • How to qualify as a candidate

    Check the restrictions around the positions you can stand for on local authorities and district health boards.

    Community Boards and Local Authorities

    To qualify as a candidate for election to a community board, city / district or regional council, you must be:

    • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
    • a New Zealand citizen.

    District Health Board

    To qualify as a candidate for election to a district health board, you must be:

    • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
    • a New Zealand citizen
    • not disqualified by either clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.

    To find out more about standing for a district health board, visit: DBH elections - Ministry of Health

    Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

    To qualify as a candidate for election to the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, you must be:

    • a New Zealand citizen
    • a parliamentary elector living inside the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust district.

    Find out more about Hutt Mana Charitable Trust


    Nominations open: Friday 15 July 2016
    Nominations close: 12 noon Friday 12 August 2016

    You can stand independently or under a party grouping or affiliation - similar to the process that political parties use in parliamentary elections.

    However, you cannot nominate yourself as a candidate. You must be nominated by two people (nominators), both of whom need to sign your nomination form. 
    These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand for.


    Community Boards and Local Authorities

    Nominators for candidates on city / district / regional councils, or for community boards must be on either the residential or ratepayer roll for the district or subdivision of the district (for example, ward, community board or constituency) in which the candidate is standing.

    District Health Board

    Nominators of district health board candidates must be registered residential electors in the district health board's area.

    Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

    Nominators of Trust candidates must be registered residential electors in the Trust's area.



Candidate Information Handbook for 2016 Elections (10.9MB PDF)

Candidate information handbook

The handbook is designed to help candidates during the electioneering period with information that is specific to the Wellington City Council's local government election.

To pick up a copy of the handbook, contact the Council's Electoral Officer or Deputy Electoral Officer.



Making a Stand Made Easy (1.1MB PDF)

General guide to standing for local government

Published by Local Government NZ, this candidate's guide to local government elections gives general information about:

  • the roles of elected members
  • the skills and qualities you need to be an elected member
  • how to nominate someone
  • how the election process works
  • key dates.

Restrictions on candidates

Community Boards and Local Authorities

If you are a candidate for a city / district council, community board, and regional council, these restrictions apply:

  • You cannot stand for election to both the Wellington City Council (as Mayor, Councillor or Community Board member) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
  • You cannot stand for election to more than one ward or constituency of the same authority or for more than one subdivision of a community board.
  • You cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General.
  • If you are employed by a local authority and are elected as mayor or councillor of that local authority, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member. However, this may not apply if you're employed by a territorial authority and are elected to a community board in that authority's district. The rules of an individual local authority may mean that an employee has to take leave of absence for campaigning purposes before the election.

District Health Board

If you are standing for a district health board, you can also stand for mayor, city / district council, community board or regional council but you will be subject to the restrictions outlined above.

You can only stand for one district health board.

More information

Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council

Phone 04 499 4444
Postal Address PO Box 2199, Wellington
Street Address 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington