Nominations open tomorrow for candidates who want to stand in this year's local body elections. Anyone who wants to have a hands-on role in the city's decision-making has until 12 noon on Friday 20 August to get their nominations in.
A range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds are needed to represent our diverse community. The positions people can stand for are:
- Wellington City Council (Mayor, Councillor, Tawa or Makara-Ohariu Community Board member)
- Capital & Coast District Health Board (Member)
- Greater Wellington Regional Council (Councillor).
The Council's electoral officer Ross Bly says prospective elected members would find the following skills helpful in undertaking their role: time management, listening, relationship building, influencing and negotiating, and media skills.
"We've had some interest already from a diverse range of people who want to be part of the Council for the next triennium, and we expect more people to send in their nominations over the next month," says Ross.
To be eligible to stand, prospective nominees must be New Zealand citizens, over 18 years of age and on the electoral roll. You do not need to live in the area in which you wish to stand, however two people, who are enrolled in the district or ward you wish to stand in, must nominate you. A candidate cannot nominate themselves. A nomination fee of $200 is also payable for each position you want to contest.
The election will be held on Saturday 9 October.
More information about the election process is available on this website:
Elections 2010 - Stand