To stand for council, you must be:
- a New Zealand citizen
- aged over 18
- enrolled on the electoral roll.
There are no special qualifications required to stand for council.
Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life: they may be parents, students, business people, or self-employed. An effective elected member will bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:
- decision making and strategic thinking
- communication and community engagement
- relationship building and collaboration.
How to stand for council
- Complete a nomination form before 16 August 2019.
- Get two people to nominate you. These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
- Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.
- Learn about
how council works and your
roles and responsibilities if elected.
What candidates need to do
- find out what is important to your local community
- familiarise yourself with Auckland’s local government structure and the role of councillors.
We encourage you to
attend a meeting of your local board or the governing body to see what is involved. You can also
watch these meetings online.
The main reason people don't vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.
A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community. Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes:
- Use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter as they are cheap to run and have wider reach
- Get out into the community by door knocking, addressing public meetings and talking to the public in shopping malls or weekend markets
- Look for interview opportunities on the radio, local newspapers or magazines
- Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards.
There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how and when signage can be displayed. For full details, see
The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the
For more information about standing for council in 2019, email