Important information for candidates campaigning in the 2017 Southern Ward by-election.

Elections signs

Election signs must be removed by midnight on Thursday 21 December 2017.

Campaign advertising

Campaign advertising includes using any media, including social media.

Campaign advertising is subject to the following rules: 

  • All advertisements must identify the person under whose authority they have been produced, as per sections 113-115 of the Local Electoral Act 2001.
  • 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. They cannot list a PO box or a rural delivery number.
  • The cost of framing to hold up an election sign is not an item of campaign expenditure.

Social media guidelines

Candidates must understand and be aware of their social media presence for campaigning purposes at all times. 

The following guidelines apply to the Wellington City Council Facebook page.

  • The Council's Facebook page is not permitted to be used by anyone (candidates or members of the public) for campaign-related posts or electioneering. The Council's Facebook page is constantly monitored and any such content will be removed immediately.
  • Any post - positive or negative - made by an individual specifically relating to their own - or someone else's - nomination, intention to run for Council or election campaign will be removed from the Council's Facebook page immediately.
  • Candidates cannot comment on the Council's Facebook posts to encourage people to like or follow their own social media pages or any other electioneering tool. Any posts that do this will be removed immediately. 
  • Candidates must not link their own Facebook pages and social media channels (if they are used for campaigning purposes) to the Council's Facebook and social media channels.
  • The Council's Facebook pages will remain neutral. The Council will promote elections and the importance of voting, but will not associate these posts with any candidates.

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
Councillor (Southern Ward) $20,000

Full details of the election campaigning rules are included in the Candidate Information Handbook. 

Return of campaign election expenses

Each candidate is required to keep a record of all campaign election expenses, and submit them to the electoral officer within 55 days of the election result being declared, or no later than Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Complete the Candidate expenses return form and submit it to the Electoral Officer: 
Electoral Donations and Expenses Form (126KB PDF) l Text version (18KB RTF)

Election hoardings

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

Guidelines for hoardings

The following is a summary of important points to note in the guidelines for election hoardings.

  • Hoardings must be soundly constructed, not exceed 3 square metres, and be securely fixed and braced in place.
  • Road signs or street nameplates must not be obscured.
  • Hoardings must be placed so that driver and pedestrian visibility is not distracted or obstructed.
  • Signs must not be placed closer than six metres from an intersection and - if visibility for pedestrians or drivers is obscured - must be placed at a greater distance.
  • Signs must not be placed closer than 1.5m from the edge of the carriageway (road), and must be clear of all pedestrian routes and accessways, unless otherwise stated.
  • Any signs erected on private property must be kept within the confines of the property and comply with Wellington City Council's District Plan.
  • Signs and hoardings must not be erected on Wellington City Council's public hoarding sites without consent. Electoral hoardings cannot be erected earlier than 10 November 2017 and must be removed from all sites by midnight on 21 December 2017.
  • Should any sign or hoarding be damaged, it must be repaired immediately or removed from the site.
  • It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure no underground services are damaged.

For full details of the policy, see Election hoardings guidelines

Electoral hoarding sites

Political parties or candidates wanting to promote themselves for an election are required to obtain Council permission before erecting any hoardings on public land in the Wellington District. 

To check out a map of approved sites in the Southern Ward and to apply online for permission to put up a sign, see: Election signs

For more information, contact the Street Activities Officer:

  • by phone: 04 499 4444
  • by email to:
  • by letter to:  
    Street Activities Officer, Wellington City Council 
    PO Box 2199 
    Wellington 6140
  • More information

Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council

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