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2019 Elections information for candidates and voters

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2019 Elections information for candidates and voters

The following elections will be held by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Nominations of candidates are now open and close 12 noon Friday 16 August. 

Gisborne District Council nominations

Nominations for the following positions are open and must be made on the appropriate nomination paper.

Mayor - election of mayor - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]
Council - election of 9 councillors for the Gisborne Ward - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]
Election of one councillor for the Matakaoa-Waiapu Ward - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]
Election of one councillor for the Taruheru-Patutahi Ward - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]
Election of one councillor for the Tawhiti-Uawa Ward - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]
Election of one councillor for the Waipaoa Ward - Nomination paper [PDF, 273 KB]

Pre election report

This report provides candidates and voters with an overview of our Council, it's responsibilities, our projects and activities, our future challenges and our financial position as of July 2019.

Read the Pre-Election Report 2019 [PDF, 10 MB] 

Hauora Tairawhiti District Health Board nominations

Election of 7 members for Hauora Tairawhiti - Information for candidates [PDF, 1.3 MB]
The Single Transferable Voting electoral system will be used for this election.
Candidate names will be listed in random order on the voting documents


Completed nomination papers must be received by the electoral officer no later than 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019. Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 incl GST, payable by electronic bank transfer, eftpos, cash or cheque.

Candidates are advised that if they are intending to submit a candidate profile statement and photograph for including with voting documents sent to electors, these must be lodged at the same time as the nomination paper and nomination deposit.

Hauora Tairawhiti candidates must also submit a Conflict of Interest Statement with their nomination.
More information on the nomination process is in the candidate information handbook available online or in hardcopy. 

Read the full advertisement for the nomination on candidates(external link)

Candidate information evenings July 2019

We're holding information meetings to help acquaint prospective candidates to the process of standing for Council.

Check the schedule of meetings in our public notices for details.

Determine the Future of Tairāwhiti

You could be the next leader in your community.  Check out the video on how you can get involved in this year's local body elections. 

Are you enrolled?

Before you can stand or cast a vote, you need to be enrolled on the New Zealand Parliamentary Electoral Roll. Visit the Electoral Commission website to start the registration process. Get ready to enrol(external link) 

Elections for elected members will be by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Enrolment form and information

Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors [PDF, 151 KB]

For more information on nominations, the electoral roll and voting period read the
Fact Sheet for Triennial Election [PDF, 2.8 MB] 


Watch the series of videos

Thinking about standing for local government?

Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The following videos will give you an insight in to what you can expect in each of the various roles you might choose to put yourself forward for in the 2019 Elections. 

We recommend you watch the videos on the latest version of Chrome to avoid any technical issues.

You can also find more detailed information for candidates on the Local Government NZ website(external link) 

Standing for local government.

Standing for local government video(external link)

To introduce you to the elected member roles, including a description of what elected members do. By the end of the video you'll be able to clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved and consider what elected members actually do. 

What do you need to be an elected member?

What you need to be an elected member video(external link)

To help you think about what skills you'll need to have and behaviours you'll need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help.    

By the end of this video you will be able to clarify the value of diversity around the council table and think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.

How councils work

How councils work video(external link)

To help you find out about how councils work and are funded.  By the end of this video you will be able to explain how councils make decisions and find out about elected members’ pay.

Nomination requirements

Nomination requirements video(external link)

To help you understand the next steps to take, if you've decided to stand for local government. By the end of this video you will be able to complete the local government nomination requirements and think about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you.

Your first days as an elected member

Your first days as an elected member video(external link)

Gives you an idea of what to expect if you're successfully elected. By the end of this video you will get important dates into your diary so that you're available for those essential first meetings.

Candidate information booklet

If you're interested in becoming a candidate and want more information you can download and print a copy of the information booklet
Candidate information booklet 2019 [PDF, 4.1 MB]

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