Stand for council - be a candidate in 2019

​​​​​​​​Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August 2019

Candidate requirements

To stand for council, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled on the electoral roll

There are no special qualifications required to stand for council.

Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life; they may be parents, students, business people, or self-employed.  An effective elected member will bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as

  • decision making and strategic thinking
  • communication and community engagement
  • relationship building and collaboration
Prepare to be a candidate with the LGNZ video series on our 2019 Candidate Preparation​ page.

How to stand for council

  1. Complete a nomination form before 16 August 2019.
  2. Get two people to nominate you.  These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
  3. Provide a deposit of $200.  This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.
  4. Learn about how council works and your roles and responsibilities if elected.

Candidate Information Evening 1 August 2019 5pm Council Chamber -
Presentation titled "2019 Elections for Rotorua Lakes Council"  by Warwick Lampp - Chief Electoral Officer - Election.com

​​Nomination Forms​

Nomination forms are available to download below. Our Candidate Booklet​ provides general guidelines for candidates and will help you through the nomination process.  

Getting votes

The main reason people dont vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views

A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community.  Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes:

  • Use social media channels like facebook and Twitter as they are cheap to run and have wider reach
  • Get our into the community by door knocking, addressing public meetings and talking 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 around campaigning

There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how and when signage can be displayed.  For full details, see The Local Electoral Act 2001​ on the Legislation website.

Rotorua Lakes Council Election sign Guidelines


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