Candidate Information

The nomination period to become a candidate in the local elections opens on Friday 19 July 2019 and closes on Friday 16 August 2019.

Elected members come from all walks of life and we want to ensure that this diversity continues, so councils and community boards are representative of New Zealand communities.

All you need to be an elected member, apart from being a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll, is a willingness to participate and a commitment to serve your local community.

How to become an elected representative?

You must be:

  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand; and
  • a New Zealand citizen.

You must be nominated by two people  on the electoral roll in the ward or community you wish to represent.

Nominations for the 2019 local government elections open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close on Friday 16 August 2019.


Learn more about how our Council works

Come to one of our two-hour workshops aimed at demystifying how Councilworks.

The sessions will cover how budgets and rates are structured and how activities are funded. These workshops start at 5.15pm and are open to anyone interested in how our local government works, including thoseconsidering standing as a candidate in October’s local elections.

  • 5 February – Whangamata TCDC office,620 Port Rd
  • 6 March – Mercury Bay TCDC office,10 Monk St, Whitianga
  • 12 March – Thames War MemorialCivic Centre, 200 Mary St

Enrolment as a Parliamentary Elector

If you are not on the Parliamentary roll, or if you need to make changes to your details (adress, etc.), you can do so by:


New Zealand Citizenship

A person wishing to stand for election who is not a New Zealand citizen, must apply for a grant of citizenship. To find out about the requirements for a grant, contact the Citizenship Office on 0800 22 51 51, or explore the pages on the Department of Internal Affairs' website

It is important to note that the citizenship process takes several months and therefore prospective candidates should contact the Citizenship Office and put their applications in as soon as possible.

An applicant does not become a citizen merely by receiving a letter from the Department of Internal Affairs advising that their application has been approved. The applicant must have attended a citizenship ceremony and taken the oath or affirmation of allegiance. It is only after taking the oath or affirmation that the person becomes a New Zealand citizen and received a citizen certificate.

Thames-Coromandel District Council conducts a citizenship ceremony approximately two monthly following notification from the Department of Internal Affairs.

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