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Information for candidates Ngā kōrero whakamārama mā ngā kaitono

Putting yourself forward as a candidate for local government is a big decision. If you're successful, you'll have the opportunity to make a real difference in your community. If you miss out this time, then you've brought your ideas into the conversation and also made an important contribution.

How to become a candidate in the 2022 local elections

Stand for Central Hawkes Bay

To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be: 

  • a New Zealand citizen 
  • over 18 years old 
  • enrolled on the electoral roll. 

Enrol to vote now 

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. 

Read the Candidate Handbook

Complete a nomination form from 15 July 2022 to noon 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 a candidate for. 

You need to pay a nomination deposit of $200. 

This deposit applies to each election position you want to be a candidate for. 

You may get a refund, depending on how many votes you receive. 

We must receive your nomination by 12pm (noon) on Friday 12 August 2022. 

We can't make any extensions to this deadline. 

Things to know: 

You do not need to live in the area you want to represent. 

However, you will need to declare this in your candidate profile statement. 

The two people who nominate you must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll within the area you want to represent as a candidate. 

You can be a candidate for: 

  • Mayor 
  • a ward Councillor 

If you are elected to more than one position, you will take the highest ranked position. 

You can't be a candidate for more than one ward. 

Elected members come from diverse backgrounds, and bring a range of different skills and experiences to the role. 


You will often work outside of normal working hours, in the evenings and on weekends. 

Time management skills are essential as being an elected member and representing the views of the Central Hawke's Bay community requires a lot of preparation. 

You will be expected to read: 

  • agendas and minutes 
  • plans and policies 
  • bylaws 
  • reports 
  • submissions 
  • advice and recommendations 
  • various other materials. 

You will need to: 

  • be flexible 
  • prioritise tasks 
  • manage your time effectively. 

You will be in the public eye as a part of your role. 

You will often be called upon to: 

  • speak publicly at meetings and events 
  • give comments to media on certain issues. 

 You will need to be able to: 

  • listen and relate to the people you represent 
  • empathise with them 
  • consider their views in your decision-making. 


You should be able to confidently communicate your own views and opinions when speaking publicly and when engaging with the public. 


Use of technology 

A large part of the role will involve technology, so you should know how to use: 

  • email 
  • MS Teams 
  • Zoom 
  • a smartphone 
  • a computer or tablet. 
 Strategic thinking and decision-making 

You need to make use of a range of sources when making decisions. For example, you will get advice from council staff, listen to the views of your community, and consider your own experience and opinions. 

You need to be able to: 

  • consider opposing views 
  • consider the financial and long-term consequences of decisions 
  • keep an open mind. 
Relationship building 

As a part of your role, you need to build and maintain productive relationships and networks. 

You should be willing to respectfully engage with people from different cultures and disciplines, including community members and council employees. 

One of the main reasons people don't vote in local elections is that they don't know enough about the candidates and their views. 

To run a successful campaign, you need to let local residents know the key issues you support for within the community. 

Find out about the key issues facing Central Hawke’s Bay - read our Pre-election Report 2022 [link to Doug’s report]. 


Tips for connecting with people and getting more votes 

Use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter for wider reach. 

Door knock, talk to the public across the District and at weekend markets 

Look for interview opportunities on the radio, local newspapers, or magazines. 

Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards. 


When you can begin campaigning 

You can start campaigning any time before the election, but you must declare any money you spend on your campaign. 


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 Rules for election signs and The Local Electoral Act 2001


More information about becoming a candidate 

Email the Electoral Officer at for more information about becoming a candidate in 2022. 


Remuneration for elected members is set by the independent Remuneration Authority and varies according to the size of the area they represent, and their role. Each year in June, the Remuneration Authority makes a new determination that sets the remuneration for the next year. The figures included on this page are based on the 2022 determination. Local Government Members (2022/2023) Determination 2021



Councillor (Minimum Allowable Remuneration)



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