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Transcript of elections overview video

​[video: six people sit around tables in a panel discussion]

Tamsyn Matchett: Kia Ora Koutou and welcome. My name is Tamsyn Matchett and I have the profound pleasure of being your MC for this evening's event. This is Auckland Council's very first live-streamed webinar for candidates. This will be a discussion for those of you out there considering standing in the upcoming local government elections to represent your communities of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Today we are going to cover several topics that will be important to anyone considering standing in this year's election. And our panellists who are joining me this evening will also be able to answer any questions you might have along the way.

If you do have questions while you're listening to our discussion, underneath the video that you're watching right now will be a section for Slido, and you can type in questions as we're discussing. I'll have this, and hopefully we'll be able to respond as we're talking.

So kindly joining me this evening are our panellists that I'd really like to introduce to you today. So first here on our right we have Louise Mason who is the general manager of Local Board Services. Then we have Marguerite Delbet, who is the general manager of Democracy Services; Dale Ofsoske, who is Auckland Council's electoral officer; then we have Simon Randall, who was a local board chair of the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board; and Michael Goudie, who was an Auckland Councillor of the Albany ward.

So we have heaps to discuss this evening. So why don't we kick it off? And let's go to Dale who's going to talk us through the election's process, and who is up for elections this year.

Dale Ofsoske: Kia ora. So I'll start with some basic facts. Election day, there's obviously your first question - Saturday 12 October. The elections will be held by postal vote, and there is a three-week voting period. That's from Friday 20 September to 12 noon on Saturday 12 October.

So what elections are being held? Elections are being held for Auckland Council, three district health boards and five licensing trusts. So for Auckland Council, there is the mayor and governing body. The governing body which consists of the mayor elected city-wide for all electors, and 20 Councillors elected from 13 wards.

In addition, there's 21 local boards and they will elect a total of 149 members. So in all, there's 170 positions up for election for Auckland Council. In addition, we have district health boards and licensing trusts. So there are three district health boards: Auckland Counties, Manukau and Waitematā. There are five licensing trusts for those that live in a licensing trust area: Birkenhead, Portage, Mount Wellington, Waitākere, or Wiri.

There are approximately 1,085,000 electors out of a population of 1.7 million in the Auckland region. We will have two electoral systems operating side by side, as we have in the past. First past the post for Auckland Council and the five licensing trusts, and STV (single transferable voting) for the three district health boards.

We have a comprehensive candidate information handbook which is available online at voteauckland.co.nz or in hard copy. Please get a copy of that. It really does contain all the information that you need to know if you wish to be a candidate.

So what are our key dates? Key dates, as I said earlier, next Friday 19 July nominations open. 16 August, 12 noon, nominations will close. So it's a four-week period to get your nominations in. 20-25 September voting packs are delivered by post, and at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October, voting will close.

We will declare the results in the official declaration of results on 17 October, and elected members will come into office on 22 October.