How to stand as a candidate

Stand as a candidate and put forward your ideas for Wellington City's future. Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August.

Bus shelter advertisement encouraging citizens to stand for Council.

Will you stand for the city you love?

If you’ve ever wanted to help shape your city, work with your community, and represent Wellingtonians, why not consider standing as an elected member of Wellington City Council? You could be the Mayor, a Councillor or a community board member.

The Council is governed by 15 elected members who represent the city’s residents and ratepayers. Every 3 years, voters from the city’s five wards elect 14 Councillors. The Mayor is elected by the whole city.

Tawa and Makara residents also vote to elect six members to their local community boards.

Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close 12 noon 16 August 2019.

How could you make a difference?

As an elected member, you get to voice the opinions of your community and plan Wellington City’s future.

Elected members are responsible for:

  • preparing and adopting the Long-Term Plan, Annual Plan and Annual Report
  • setting rates and bylaws
  • decision-making on regulatory matters
  • setting strategies, policies and plans
  • governing Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs)
  • consulting with and considering the views of local communities
  • monitoring and reviewing the Council’s performance.

What positions can you run for?

There are a number of roles you can stand for in Wellington City:

  • Mayor
  • Councillor
  • Community Board member
  • District Health Board member
  • Hutt Mana Charitable Trust member

Are you eligible to stand?

You can stand for Council if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled to vote.

You do not need any specific qualifications to stand for Council. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Next steps

Once you’ve decided to stand for Council, you'll need to do the following:

  • Be nominated by two people (you cannot nominate yourself). They must be aged over 18 and enrolled to vote in the ward area you wish to stand in. This form will be available here from 19 July 2019.
  • Complete and submit your nomination form. Nominations open 9am, Friday 19 July and close 12 noon Friday 16 August.
  • Provide a deposit of $200 as part of your nomination.

Nomination forms

Things to note

  • 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.
  • 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 work at Wellington City Council and are considering standing for election, you might be required to take leave of absence.
  • If you work at Wellington City Council and are elected as the Mayor or a Councillor, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member. However, this may not apply if you are elected to a community board.
  • If you wish to stand for the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, your nomination form must be returned to the Hutt City Council electoral office at 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt or by email to
  • To be affiliated with a specific party, you will require authorisation to adopt the affiliation from the party concerned. Affiliation with a political party is not required to stand.
  • If you want to report the behaviour of another candidate please email or phone 04 499 4444. 



Candidate Information Handbook for Elections 2019 (4.1MB PDF)

Candidate information

The Candidate Information Handbook is specific to the Wellington City Council's local government election and has detailed information to help you during the electioneering period if you choose to stand as a candidate.

You can download a copy of the handbook, or if you'd like a printed copy, contact the Council's Electoral Officer or Deputy Electoral Officer.

The Candidate Information Presentation Evening was held on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. The items covered by the Electoral Officer included how the council is structured, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, the skills required, anticipated time commitments and meeting schedules, and an overview of the nomination and election processes.

Download a copy of the presentation (1.4MB PDF)

More information

Deputy Electoral Officer
Phone: 04 499 4444