Electoral Officer Charlie Inggs says if you’ve ever wanted to give local politics a go, you should consider standing as a candidate in this year’s election. "If you want to work with and for the local community, and have a say in how the city is run, now’s the time to use your voice."
Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August, so prospective candidates are being urged to not leave it until the last minute.
"We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for prospective candidates to make up their minds about standing," says Charlie. "We’re running candidate workshops on 29 and 31 July where people can find out more about the role of the Council and what it’s like to be a City Councillor."
Several incumbent Councillors will speak about what their job involves, and the rules around standing for election and campaigning will also be covered. The workshops will be held in Committee Room 1 on the ground floor of the Council offices at 101 Wakefield Street, at 6pm on 29 July and 1pm on 31 July - no pre-registration is required and prospective candidates can just turn up on the day.
Charlie says elected members are needed to represent Wellington’s diverse community. "We’re seeking candidates of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Skills that will be of assistance to any future elected member include the ability to analyse written material and oral presentations, time management, listening, relationship-building, influencing and negotiating, understanding financial information and media skills."
"We’ve already had several queries from prospective candidates so interest in the election is building," he says.
The Wellington City Council positions people can stand for are:
- Tawa Community Board member
- Makara-Ohariu Community Board member.
Nominations are also open for:
- the Capital & Coast District Health Board
- Greater Wellington Regional Council
- the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.
To be eligible to stand, prospective nominees must be:
- New Zealand citizens
- over 18 years of age
- on the electoral roll.
Candidates don’t have to live in the area in which they want to stand (except for the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust) - however, two people who are enrolled in the area or ward they want to stand in must nominate them. A candidate cannot nominate themselves. A nomination deposit of $200 is payable for each position candidates wish to contest.
Wellingtonians are also being reminded that if they want to check the preliminary electoral roll of electors, it will be available for inspection from today.
It’s held by the Electoral Officer on the ground floor of the Council offices at 101 Wakefield Street - ask at the main reception desk - and is also available at all city libraries. The roll will remain open until 5pm, Friday 16 August.
If you’re not enrolled, you have to do so by 5pm on 16 August to receive a postal vote. If you enrol after this date you will have to contact the Electoral Officer to obtain a special vote.
Voting will take place by post between 20 September and 12 October.
For more information about the elections, see: