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How to run an effective campaign

Connect with your local community

Before you begin your campaign, you need to figure out what is important in your local community.

You should:

  • familiarise yourself with the local board outcomes and priorities and read through the local board plan. For more information, see Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board
  • connect with community groups and local associations and organisations to see what issues are important to different groups of people in the community.

To connect with the local community, you can:

  • use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter as they are cheap to run and have a wide reach.
  • get out into the community by door-knocking, speaking at public meetings and talking to the public in shopping malls or at weekend markets.
  • take advantage of candidate evenings in your local area.  For more information, see Who you can vote for.
  • look for interview opportunities on the radio, or in local newspapers and magazines.
  • advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards.

Rules and regulations around campaigning

You can begin campaigning as soon as you like.

Election billboards

Rules around election billboards are set by the Auckland Transport Election Signs Bylaw.

The time period you can put signs up depends on the site.

You can find a list of approved sites and more information about what time periods will apply in the
Candidate information handbook on More information for candidates.

How much you can spend on your campaign

There is a limit to how much money you can spend on your campaign.

This is determined by the population of the area that you are seeking to represent.

For the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board, the limit is set at $50,000. This is based on 30 June 2019 population estimate of 84,100.

Declaring donations

If you receive donations of more than $1,500 from one person or an organisation, you need to declare this in your return of donations and expenses.

A candidate donation could be:

  • donated or discounted goods or services worth more than $300
  • where a candidate sells goods or services for more than market value, like at a fundraising auction.

Candidate donations don't include:

  • volunteer labour
  • goods or services given for free that are worth less than $300
  • money provided by the candidate for their own campaign.

Any donations you receive are included in your electoral expenses.

These are due within 55 days after the results of the election are officially declared.

Election offences

You can be liable for a fine or imprisonment if you commit an election offence.

This could include:

  • interfering with voters
  • tampering with official documents
  • bribery.

Further information

For a complete list of rules and regulations around your campaign, see the Candidate information handbook on More information for candidates.


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