Me pēhea te tū mai hei māngai mō te kōwhiringa pōti 2022
How to become a candidate in the 2022 local elections
Being an Auckland Council elected member is an opportunity for you to be part of governing the largest city in the country and to be part of one of the largest councils in Australasia. Candidate nominations open on 15 July and close at 12 noon on 12 August 2022.
Who can be a candidate
To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be:
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You don't need any special qualifications. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.
To be effective you will need to bring a broad range of skills to the role:
- Decision making and strategic thinking.
- Communication and community engagement.
- Relationship building and collaboration.
Skills and qualities you need to become an elected member for further information.
How to become a candidate
- Complete a nomination form before 12 August 2022.
- Get two people to nominate you - they must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to be candidate for.
- Pay a nomination deposit of $200 - you may get a refund, depending on how many votes you receive.
- Learn about
how the council works and your roles and responsibilities if you get elected.
What candidates need to do
- find out what is important to your local community
- learn about Auckland's local government structure and the role of councillors, and local board members.
What's involved in being an elected member for further information.
You can also
find a meeting of your local board or the
Governing Body or
watch these meetings livestreamed online.
Lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views is consistently reported as one of the main reasons people don't vote in local elections.
To run a successful campaign, you need to let local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community.
Tips for connecting with people and getting more votes
- Use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter for wider reach.
- Door knock, address public meetings and talk 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.
Regulations for campaigning
There are regulations around campaigning, including:
- how much you can spend
- how and when you can display signage.
For full details, see
The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website.
Email the Electoral Officer at email@example.com for more information about becoming a candidate in 2022.
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