What is the role of the Mayor?
- presides at Council meetings;
- attends and participates at meetings of committees and working parties;
- reads agenda and other materials before meetings;
- leads the Council and co-ordinates Council political activity;
- speaks on behalf of the Council;
- represents the Council on related organisations, where appointed;
- attends and participates at conferences and seminars;
- attends to complaints and enquiries from members of the public;
- presides at civic ceremonies;
- hosts visiting groups, including overseas delegations;
- attends and speaks at local functions, sometimes opening them;
- declaring a state of civil defence emergency in the district if the need arises.
What is the role of a councillor?
- Participates in strategic and long-term planning for the whole district;
- Develops policy across a wide range of activities and services;
- Represents the district at functions as required;
- Reviews and develops bylaws for the district ;
- Advocates on a wide range of issues;
- Coordinates and forms partnerships with other spheres of government and other agencies;
- Participates in the appointment and performance review of the Chief Executive Officer;
- Acts on all these matters within a legislative and regulatory framework, and setting a budget and rates;
- Monitors the performance of the Council organisation.
I want to be a candidate in these elections. What do I need to do?
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 have two electors (nominators) registered in the area of the election you are standing for to nominate you – e.g. if you stand for the Waihi Ward, the nominators will need to be registered within that Ward. (Please note the candidate does not need to reside in the area in which they are standing, but will need to disclose that fact on their nomination form which will be shown in their Candidate Profile Statement).
The nominators must also be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll at the address they are listed on the nomination paper (which must be in the area that they are nominating the person for).
When do nominations open?
Nominations open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August 2016.
I want to know more
For more questions and answers about Local Authority Elections and District Health Board elections download the following
- Frequently Asked Questions about Elections [PDF, 278 KB]