Standing for the 2019 local elections
How to stand as a candidate
Put your ideas and thoughts forth for Kāpiti Coast District's future and stand as a candidate in the 2019 local elections. Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August.
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.
Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close 12 noon 16 August 2019.
How could you make a difference?
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.
What positions can you run for?
There are a number of roles you can stand for in the Kāpiti Coast District:
- Community Board member
Are you eligible to stand?
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.
Once you've decided to stand for Council, you'll need to do the following:
Be nominated by two people (you cannot nominate yourself). They must be agd over 18 and enrolled to vote in the ward area you wish to stand in. This form will be available here from 19 July 2019.
Complete and submit your nomination form. Nominations open 9am, Friday 19 July and close 12 noon Friday 16 August. Provide a deposit of $200 as part of your nomination.
Things to note
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.