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.
- 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.
How to qualify as a candidate
To qualify as a candidate for this election you must be:
- enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
- a New Zealand citizen.
Nominations open: Thursday 28 September 2017
Nominations close: 12 noon, Thursday, 26 October 2017
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 Southern Ward.
Candidate Information Handbook 2016
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.
General guide to standing for local government
Making a Stand Made Easy (1.1MB PDF)
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.