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How to become a candidate video transcript

[00:01 – Video: Upbeat music plays behind the narrator’s voice while the words ‘How do you become a candidate?’ appear on the top right-hand side of the screen and a photograph of a tradeswoman moves on the left-hand side of the screen, followed by a photograph of two women in traditional clothing].

Narrator: How do you become a candidate? To become a candidate for local elections is simple, you just have to be over 18, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and on the electoral roll.

[00:12 – Video: the words ‘To stand as a candidate:’ appear on the bottom left-hand side of the screen and a photograph of a woman and a man in traditional clothing shaking hands move on the right-hand side of the screen. Then the words ‘Decide on what you’d like.’ are shown in a box on the screen next to a photograph of a group of people landscaping; followed by the words ‘Have two friends nominate you.’ Next to a photograph of two people in wetsuits on a beach. Then the words ‘Pay a $200 deposit.’ are shown in a box on the top right-hand side of the screen and a photograph of two people smiling appear on the left-hand side, followed by the words ‘Submit your nomination papers.’

Narrator: It’s a fast paced, fun and challenging job.

To stand as a candidate:

  • decide on the role you’d like
  • find two friends enrolled in the area you’re standing in to nominate you
  • pay a $200 deposit
  • fill out the nomination paper and return it before the closing date.

The next stage is campaigning - you can use social media, advertise in newspapers or on billboards, hold meetings with your community to spread the word about your candidacy and attend Meet the Candidates events.

[00:45 - Video: The words ‘Take part in local elections’ appear on the top of the screen. The URL for the Vote Auckland page is shown as, while upbeat music continues to play behind the narrator’s voice].

Narrator: Find out more about how you can take part in the local elections at

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