Standing for the 2019 local elections
Have you ever wanted to help shape where you live, work with your community, and represent the Kāpiti Coast District? Candidate nominations for this year's local government elections are now open! Nominations close 12 noon on the 16 August 2019. You could be the Mayor, a Councillor, or a Community Board member.
Candidate Nomination Forms
- Districtwide Councillor
- Otaki Ward Councillor
- Waikanae Ward Councillor
- Paraparaumu Ward Councillor
- Paekakariki-Raumati Ward Councillor
- Otaki Community Board member
- Waikanae Community Board member
- Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board member
- Paekakariki Community Board member
Ensure your completed form is in the hands of the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on 16th August 2019.
You can drop your completed forms into council building at Rimu Road directly to the Electoral Officer or you can post the original forms to:
Kapiti Coast District Council
Private Bag 60601
Please note: Nomination forms, with proof of deposit and the candidate profile statement, can be returned by mail, but should the document(s) be received by the electoral officer or deputy electoral officer after the close of nominations, the nomination is invalid and will not be accepted. See the handbook below for full details.
Checklist for prospective candidates:
- Download and read the candidates information handbook.
- To be eligible to stand, prospective nominees, must be New Zealand citizens, over 18 years of age, and on the electoral roll.
- Candidates don’t have to live in the area in which they want to stand.
- A candidate cannot nominate themselves. Two people who are enrolled in the area or ward they want to stand in must nominate them.
- A nomination deposit of $200 is payable for each position candidates wish to contest.
- Completed nomination forms along with other documentation (e.g. candidate profile statement, photograph and nomination deposit) must be received by the Electoral Officer no later than noon 16 August 2019.
During the election period, our responses to official information requests made by-election candidates and current elected members will be published to ensure equal access to information - you can find this information on Official Information Requests made by candidates page.
Will you stand for the District you love?
If you've ever wanted to help shape where you live, work with your community, and represent the Kāpiti Coast District, why not consider standing as an elected member for the Kāpiti Coast District Council? You could be the Mayor, a Councillor, or a Community Board member.
The Kāpiti Coast District Council consists of a mayor and 10 councillors. Five are elected on a districtwide basis and five are ward councillors.
Not sure where you live? You can check out all Kāpiti Coast District wards here.
As an elected member, you get to voice the opinions of your community and plan Kāpiti Coast District's future.
Elected members are responsible for:
- preparing and adopting the Long Term Plan, Annual Plan, and Annual Report
- setting rates and bylaws
- decision-making on regulatory matters
- setting strategies, policies, and plans
- consulting with and considering the views of local communities
- monitoring and reviewing the Council's performance.
There are a number of roles you can stand for in the Kāpiti Coast District:
- Districtwide Councillor
- Ward Councillor
- Community Board member
You can stand for Council if you are:
- a New Zealand citizen
- aged over 18
- enrolled to vote.
You do not need any specific qualifications to stand for Council. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.
- You cannot stand for election to both the Kāpiti Coast District Council (as Mayor, Councillor, or Community Board member) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
- You cannot stand for election to more than one ward or constituency of the same authority.
- You cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General.
- If you work at Kāpiti Coast District Council and are considering standing for election, you might be required to take leave of absence.
- Still not sure what the expectations of an elected member are? Want to learn more? See the roles of council here.
Local Government NZ has put together a video series that gives you more information about what elected members do, what skills and behaviours elected members need to display, how councils work, nomination requirements and what to expect on your first days as an elected member.