Campaigning

While campaigning for election, you must follow the rules under the Local Electoral Act 2001.

Making sure your campaign advertising is compliant

Campaign advertising includes using any media, including social media. To comply with the Local Electoral Act 2001, it must identify the person under whose authority it has been produced.

This means:

  • your advertisements must have a statement saying that all content/images are authorised by you or your agent
  • your social media profile photo/bio must include a statement saying that all content/images on your social media channel are authorised by you or your agent.

An authorisation statement must include:

  • the name of the person authorising the advertisement or social media channel
  • that person’s home or business address (you cannot list a PO Box or Rural Delivery number).

Advertisements for Candidates, Local Electoral Act 2001 - New Zealand Legislation

Social media guidelines

Candidates must understand and be aware of their social media presence for campaigning purposes, and comply with the following guidelines:

Social Media Guidelines (61KB PDF)

Campaign expenditure limits

Candidates have campaign expenditure limits and are required to file a return to the Electoral Officer after the election.

Candidate campaigns are subject to the following expenditure limits:

Position

Expenditure limit

Mayor

$60,000

Councillor (Northern, Eastern, Onslow-Western and Lambton wards)

$30,000

Councillor (Southern ward)

$20,000

Tawa Community Board member

$14,000

Makara-Ohariu Community Board member

$3,500

If you are standing for more than one position, then the higher limit applies (not both combined).

Election hoardings

Wellington City Council has guidelines about putting up election hoardings in the city. It is an offence against the Bylaw to place posters on any Council ornament, statue, structure, building, or facility in a public place without the Council’s prior approval.

Signs and hoardings may only be erected between 31 August and 12 October. They must be removed from all sites on 11 October 2019 (the day before the election). Any signs or hoardings that are damaged should be immediately replaced or removed from the site.

Need help?

Deputy Electoral Officer
Phone: 04 499 4444
Email: election@wcc.govt.nz