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Meet the Candidate Events

Below are events where the community can connect with candidates.

Register an event. There is also a list of past events available.

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Meet the Mayoral Candidates 12-2pm Tuesday 3 September
Mayoral Candidates Community Evening hosted by the Nelson Environment Centre 6-8pm Monday 9 September
Whanake Youth Meet the Candidates 5.30-8.30pm Tuesday 10 September
Summerset in the Sun - Chat with the election candidates 10.30am-11.30am 11 September
Community Action Network Election Forum 12.00-1.30pm Wednesday 11 September
Stuff & Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Candidates at the Colab 5.30-7.30pm Thursday 12 September
Meet the Newbies - Nelson Residents Association 2.30pm Sunday 15 September
(Not Your Normal) Candidates Meeting 7pm 18 September
Speed Dating - Nelson Residents Association 1-4pm Saturday 21 September
Nelson Weekly Mayoral Debate 7.30pm Sunday 22 September
Thoughts on Sport & Active Recreation - Mayoral Debate 7pm Thursday 26 September
Tahunanui Business Association and Tahunanui Community Hub 2-4pm Sunday 29 September


Nelson Market Speakers Corner

Candidates will be setting up Speakers Corner for people to hear what local election candidates have to say, and ask questions.

When 10am-1pm Saturday 23 August 2019
Where BNZ Carpark, Montgomery Carpark
Contact Dai Mitchell,


Meet the Women Candidates, National Council of Women, Nelson Branch

Opportunity for the community to hear from women candidates in the forthcoming local body elections about why the candidate should be elected. Please note the change of time.

When 7.00pm Wednesday 28 August 2019
Where Greenmeadows Centre, Main Road, Stoke
Contact Contact Elaine 03 544 8452


Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Intepeople Speaker Series: Meet the Mayoral Candidates

Business luncheon with mayoral candidates from Nelson and Tasman. See the livestream of this event.

When 12-2pm Tuesday 3 September 2019
Where Beachside Conference Centre
70 Beach Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson
Contact Britt Coker,Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce
03 548 1363,


Mayoral Candidates Community Evening hosted by the Nelson Environment Centre

The Nelson Environment Centre invites you to join us as we host an evening with the Nelson City Council Mayoral Candidates and listen to their positions on the Environment. We will also engage in a community lead Q&A session with candidates moderated by a panel of experts.

When 6-8pm Monday 9 September 2019
Where The Granary – Founders Park
Contact Anton Drazevic, 027 677 7077


Whanake Youth Meet the Candidates

The purpose is to learn who the candidates are, explore what the candidates can offer young adults (18-30-year-old's) in our city and how they plan to continue to consult with this young adult community. Some of the issues of concern are; affordable transport, youth housing and Stoke youth space. We are aiming to encourage 18-30 year old's to attend this meeting.

We anticipate the evening to be a time of small groups conversations as with question and answers from the participants to the candidates. 

When 5.30-8.30pm Tuesday 10 September 2019
Where Kowhai Room, NMIT, Nelson
Contact Lee-ann O'Brien, 0211542369


Summerset in the Sun - Chat with the election candidates 

We would like to invite the election candidates to have a chance to talk to our residents on Wednesday 11th of September from 10.30-11.30am. We will provide space for the candidates to set up a booth or a table, so the residents can then talk to any of the candidates one to one. Please note this is not a public event.

When 10.30am-11.30am 11 September 2019
Where Summerset in the Sun Main Building on 16 Sargeson Street, Stoke
Contact Maaike Faber, 03 538 0000,


Community Action Network Election Forum

The Community & Whanau Network meets monthly and is attended by 40-50 representatives of NGOs and agencies working in the health and social services sector. CAN (Community Action Network) has held candidate forums for national and local elections since the 1990s. This year we have decided to focus on the mayoral election in Nelson city. 

We invite candidates to introduce themselves and outline understanding of community sector issues and how council can support the sector.

Chair, Mary Ellen O’Connor, will then lead a Q&A session, based around these topics:

  • The community investment fund
  • Council’s responsibility for the wellbeing of Nelsonians
  • Council assistance for vulnerable people
  • Freeing up building compliance to address the housing shortage
  • Emergency housing

There will also be an opportunity to network with attendees over a light lunch. Candidates for council are also being invited to attend, but will not be part of the panel discussion.

When 12.00-1.30pm Wednesday 11 September 2019
Where Trafalgar Park Pavilion
Contact Community Action Network,


Stuff & Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Candidates at the Colab

A chance to meet all the candidates running for council. The event will be jointly chaired by Stuff Editor, Victoria Guild & Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Ali Boswijk.  The council candidates will each have a chance to address the attendees. The event will be live-streamed on the Nelson Mail Facebook page. This is a public event and no registration is required.

When 5.30-7.30pm Thursday 12 September
Where Mahitahi Colab, NMIT Block A, 322 Hardy Street, Nelson
Contact Britt Coker, 03 548 1363,


Meet the Newbies - Nelson Residents Association

Come in for a coffee at Tozzetti Bakery and chat with the first-time candidates. Doors open at 2.30pm. From 3pm candidates will be given two minutes to introduce themselves and then answer any questions from the floor.

When 2.30pm Sunday 15 September 2019
Where Tozzetti Cafe & Bakery, 14 Vanguard Street, Nelson
Contact John Walker 027 443 2525,


(Not your Normal) Candidates Meeting

You are invited to a Candidates Meeting that all Council candidates including Mayoral Candidates have been invited.

Candidates will be answering three short questions in a two-minute introduction; there will be an intermission with a brief musical interlude, and then mayoral candidates will then answer questions from the audience, drawn from a hat to prevent preternaturally energetic questioners from hogging the floor. This will be followed by a cup of tea and something to eat. The aim of the evening is to entertain as well as to inform, and most especially to enable voters to put a face to a name.

When 7pm 18 September 2019
Where Victory Community Centre, Corner St Vincent and Totara Streets, Nelson
Contact Nelson Transport Strategy Group (Nelsust) Inc. 0276281686


Nelson Weekly/Nelson App

A livestreamed debate, pitting five main mayoral candidates against each other in a pub. Sure to be fun, engaging and informative.

When 7.30pm Sunday 22 September 2019
Where The Workshop Bar at 32 New St
Contact Charles Anderson 



Speed Dating - Nelson Residents Association

Join us for another speed dating event at the Stoke Memorial Hall. Candidates for Nelson City Council and the Nelson-Marlborough Health Board will be available for the public to sit with and chat.

When 1-4pm Saturday 21 September 2019
Where Stoke Memorial Hall, 548 Main Rd Stoke, Stoke, Nelson
Contact John Walker 027 443 2525,


Thoughts on Sport & Active Recreation - Mayoral Debate

Opportunity for the community to hear from Nelson and Tasman mayoral candidates in the forthcoming local body elections about matters relating to Sport and Active Recreation in our region. Light refreshments will be provided. Q & A session after all candidates have spoken.

When 7pm Thursday 26 September 2019
Where Sports House, Saxton Field, 142 Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson
Contact Sport Tasman ph 03 546 3302


Meet the Candidates, Tahunanui Business Association and Tahunanui Community Hub

Informal meeting on a one to one basis with all the Mayoral and Council candidates.

When 2-4pm Sunday 29 September 2019
Where Tahunanui School Muritai Room Muritai Street, Stoke, Nelson
Contact Paul Matheson, 027 444 9680,