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Candidate nominations for the local body and District Health Board elections open next Friday, 19 July. The nomination period closes at 12 noon, Friday 16 August, and the electoral officers for Hawke’s Bay’s five Councils and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board urge all prospective candidates not to wait until the last minute to read through the relevant information and complete the forms.

The Central Hawke’s Bay pre-election report, candidate handbooks, nomination forms, Frequently Asked Questions, and informative videos supplied by Local Government New Zealand are now available on the council website, and that of the District Health Board.  Anyone planning to put their name forward for a seat on a Council or the District Health Board also needs to be aware that they must keep all receipts for expenses to date from today (12 July), as all expenditure and donations to their campaign must be declared.

Monique Davidson, Chief Executive for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says, “If you love Central Hawke’s Bay, want to make a difference in your community, and have a vision for how to make it happen, then consider standing for council. We need people from all walks of life to represent our communities. You don’t need formal experience or qualifications to stand, you just need to be passionate and committed to representing the best interests of your community. Come along to our candidate information evening on 25 July to find out more.”

Prospective candidates may also like to attend one of the following information sessions/candidate evenings coming up shortly:

  • CHB District Council – 7pm, Thursday 25 July, Council Chambers, Ruataniwha St, Waipawa. HBRC’s electoral officer will also be present, to speak to any Regional Council candidates who may attend
  • District Health Board - 5pm, Wednesday 17 July at the HBDHB Boardroom, Corporate Office, Hastings, and 5pm, Thursday 18 July in the foyer of the Napier Health Centre, Wellesley Street, Napier
  • HB Regional Council – 5.30pm, Tuesday 23 July, HBRC Chambers, Dalton St, Napier

 Anyone who will turn 18 by the time of the elections is able to pre-enrol now. They will then be automatically enrolled on their 18th birthday.

 Voting opens on 20 September, and closes at noon on Saturday 12 October.

 Anyone who has not yet enrolled to vote, or has not yet received an enrolment pack in the mail, still has some time to do something about it. You can find out if you’re eligible to vote, enrol and check your details online at

 Key things to remember: 

  • 19 July Nominations open for candidates
  • 25 July Central Hawke’s Bay candidate information evening – 7pm at CHBDC offices in Waipawa
  • 16 August Nominations close at 12 noon, and the electoral rolls close
  • 21 August Electoral officers to publicise candidates’ names
  • 20-25 September Voting papers delivered to households
  • 12 October Voting papers must be at the council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results will be available as soon as possible afterwards.
  • 17-23 October Official results declared.

12 July 2019

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