'Job descriptions' part of info night for local government would-be candidates

by Kim Bowden - Jul 18, 2022

There’s a chance for community members considering running for office at the upcoming local government elections to get a better idea of the “job description” of the main roles up for grabs.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is hosting a candidate information evening tonight at its council chambers.

The session, starting at 6pm, will also be open to attendance online.

It will be presented by Warwick Lampp of Electionz.com, and will detail “the ‘job description’ of a mayor, councillor or community board member as well as the nuts and bolts of the election process itself”.

The Otago Regional Council will also have staff at the event to provide information on standing in the elections for the regional council.

Nominations for the local government elections in October opened on Friday, and people have until 12pm on Friday, August 12 to put their name forward.

Anyone can stand for election as long as they are at least 18 years old, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in Aotearoa for one year or more continuously at some point.

Candidates can stand for the following roles:

Queenstown Lakes District Council

  • Mayor 
  • Arrowtown-Kawarau Ward (three councillors)
  • Queenstown-Whakatipu Ward (four councillors)
  • Wānaka-Upper Clutha Ward (four councillors)
  • Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board (four members)

Nomination forms, the Candidate’s Handbook, and election information is available here.

To find out who is running at any time, head here

Central Otago District Council

  • Mayor
  • Cromwell Ward (four councillors)
  • Maniototo Ward (one councillor)
  • Teviot Valley Ward (one councillor)
  • Vincent Ward (five councillors)
  • Cromwell Community Board (four members)
  • Maniototo Community Board (four members)
  • Teviot Valley Community Board (four members)
  • Vincent Community Board (four members)

Nomination forms, the Candidate’s Handbook, and election information is available here.

To find out who is running at any time, head here.

Otago Regional Council

  • Dunedin constituency (six councillors)
  • Dunstan (three councillors, and includes Cromwell, Wānaka and Queenstown)
  • Molyneux (two councillors)
  • Moeraki (one councillor)

Nomination forms, the Candidate’s Handbook, and election information is available here.

Read more of our local government elections coverage:

'Guardians' not 'lords' needed as nominations open for new council

Niamh Shaw stands down - says 'gentle revolutionaries' needed for QLDC

Mayoralty runners respond to QLDC's crisis of truth

'Wānaka is more engaged than Queenstown': board candidate Simon Telfer

New QLDC councillors - A Wānaka call to action

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