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Auckland Council

Stand for council - be a candidate in 2019

Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August 2019. Being an Auckland Council elected member is an opportunity for you to be part of governing the largest city in the country and be part of the largest council in Australasia.

​Candidate requirements

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

  1. Complete a nomination form before 16 August 2019.
  2. Get two people to nominate you. These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
  3. Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.
  4. Learn about how council works and your roles and responsibilities if elected.

What candidates need to do

Candidates should:

  • 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.


Getting votes

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 Legislation website.


Further information

For more information about standing for council in 2019, email Auckland Council's Electoral Officer at


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