Time running out for local candidates to step forward

With just a handful of nominations received for the October local council elections, Electoral Officer Sandy Lowe is reminding people they only have until midday on Friday 16 August to get their nominations in.

As at Friday 2 August, 9am, Council received (see current nominations):

  • 1 nomination for Mayor
  • 4 nominations to stand as a Councillor
  • 1 nomination for community boards

Sandy says if you’re a New Zealand citizen, over 18 years of age and you’re on the electoral roll you can stand as a candidate.

“All you need is the desire to represent your community and make a difference to the Tararua District.”

Anyone wishing to stand as an elected member must be nominated by two people enrolled in the district or ward you intend to stand for, and pay a deposit of $200. Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August.

Meanwhile, Local Government New Zealand recently announced the launch of its Vote 2019 campaign, which aims to lift nationwide voter turnout in local elections and increase people’s engagement with their local council.

The national Vote 2019 campaign will showcase the value local government provides to communities across the country, with a strong focus on inspiring more New Zealanders to vote, and building a pool of skilled candidates to stand in their communities.

For further information please contact:

Sandy Lowe, Electoral Officer
06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110

Katrina Kerr, Deputy Electoral Officer
06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110

Nominations for candidates are listed on the Council’s website as they are received. A full list of candidates will be published after nominations close on 16 August. 

If you think you have the skills and passion to drive the Tararua District forward you can be nominated to stand for election up until Friday, August 16. Find out more...

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