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When is election day?

Election Day is Saturday 8 October 2022. Voting closes at midday on that day, but people can cast their votes from Friday 16 September.

How many positions are there to fill?

There will be 13 positions to fill – 12 councillors and one Mayor. Three councillors and the mayor will be elected at large (by the whole city); four councillors will be elected from the Central Ward; four elected from the Stoke-Tāhunanui Ward; and one elected from the Whakatū Māori Ward.

What is the role of a councillor?

Councillors represent the needs and views of the community within a legislative and regulatory framework. They participate in strategic and long-term planning for the entire Nelson district; participate in setting a budget and rates; develop policy across a wide range of activities and services; review and develop bylaws for the city; and monitor the performance of the council organisation and the Chief Executive.

They also represent the city at functions; coordinate and form partnerships with other spheres of government and other agencies; and advocate on a wide range of issues, from climate change and housing needs to sport and recreation and modes of transport.

What qualifications and experiences do I need to be a candidate?

You do not need any formal qualifications to serve as a councillor or mayor. Elected members come from all walks of life and generally have a strong desire to serve their community.

You must, however, be a New Zealand citizen, enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand, and nominated by two electors in the area or ward you are standing for.

Other requirements exist for current employees of council, people with concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with Council, or those subject to a Court Order.

How many people do I need to nominate me? Who is able to nominate me?

You need two people on the electoral roll for the area you are standing in to nominate you. If you are standing for election for one of the three wards (Central, Stoke-Tāhunanui, or Whakatū Māori), your nominations must come from two people on the electoral roll for the same ward.

When do nominations open?

Nominations open Friday 15 July 2022 and close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August 2022.

Where do I get a nomination form?

Nomination forms will be available from Council’s website and Customer Service Centre from 15 July until 12 August at midday.

Do I need to be on the Māori electoral roll or of Māori descent if I am standing for election in the Māori Ward?

No. To be eligible you must be a New Zealand citizen and your name must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).

You will need to be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the Māori electoral roll within the area of election for which you are standing.

Equally, if you are on the Māori electoral roll, you can stand in a general ward and will need to be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the general electoral roll within the area of election for which you are standing.

How long is the term of an elected member?

Three years.

How much will I get paid?

Pay and allowances are determined by the Government’s Remuneration Authority. You can find info on remuneration for Nelson City Council at this link:

Where can I find more information?

More information can be found at the LGNZ website: