Find out how to stand in Christchurch’s local body elections

21 Jun 2019


If you are considering standing as a candidate at the local body elections in October, come along to one of the Christchurch City Council’s candidate information sessions.

Council Electoral Officer Jo Daly says the two evening sessions are a good opportunity for people thinking about standing for the Council, or one of Christchurch’s seven Community Boards, to hear in person what’s involved and get their questions answered.

Each session will cover how to stand and what’s expected of those who are elected, and give a sense of the depth and breadth of the roles.

“Elected representatives will make decisions that will have a significant impact on our city, now and for generations to come,” Ms Daly says.

“We are encouraging potential candidates to attend one of the two information evenings, which are being held in the Civic Offices in Hereford Street over the next few weeks.

“These information sessions will help inform and guide potential candidates in making their final decision on whether to stand for a three-year term, and how to go about doing it.

“Local body representatives need to balance their time and commitments while focusing on achieving the best outcomes for the community.”

To stand for election, you must be a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll. You do not need to live in the area in which you want to stand.

The local body elections will be held on 12 October. The Mayoralty, 16 Council seats representing individual wards, and 37 Community Board seats are open to candidates.

The candidate information sessions are being held in the Civic Offices Level 1 Function Room on:

  • Tuesday 25 June at 5pm
  • Thursday 4 July at 6.30pm

For more information, go to the Council’s candidate information page(external link).

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