Call for Candidates to Stand in #Auckland2016 Elections

Represent your community or the City

 

Nominations open today to stand for Auckland Council or the District Health Boards.

From Auckland Council:

Stand for council – make Auckland a great place to live

 Would-be Auckland leaders keen to stand in the upcoming local elections can put their names forward as candidates from today.

Nominations for candidates open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Aucklanders will choose from the pool of candidates standing in the elections – the people who will represent them for the next three years.

“If you’re interested in representing your community, and you think you can contribute useful skills and ideas, now is your chance to be involved in the decisions that make Auckland a great place to live, by standing for election,” says Auckland Council Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske.

Elected roles for council include local boards, councillors and mayor, and voters will also get to choose district health board representatives, and licensing trust members in some areas.

Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen and on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll.

Voting documents are posted out from Friday 16 September 2016 and must be received by the Electoral Officer by noon on Election Day, Saturday 8 October 2016.

Candidate nomination forms are available for download from today here or from the following locations:

  • Electoral Office, Independent Election Services, Level 3, Custom House, 50 Anzac Avenue, Auckland
  • Great Barrier Island Service Centre, Hector Sanderson Road, Claris
  • Henderson Service Centre, 6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
  • Manukau Service Centre, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau
  • Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa
  • Papakura Service Centre, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura
  • Pukekohe Service Centre, 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
  • Takapuna Service Centre, 1 The Strand, Takapuna
  • Waiheke Service Centre, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend.

Completed candidate nomination forms must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer or an electoral official at one of the above locations no later than noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 GST inclusive (payable by cash, bank transfer, cheque or eftpos).

Candidates can submit a profile statement with their nomination paper for publication in the voting documents sent to electors. An attachment to the nomination paper outlines the rules and procedures for candidate profile statements.

For further information on standing as a candidate, visit showyourlove.co.nz or contact the Auckland Council Electoral Office on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822, or email info@electionservices.co.nz

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The Manukau Interchange works with MIT and Manukau Rail Station in the background
The Manukau Interchange works with MIT and Manukau Rail Station in the background

 

Further Information

Auckland Council candidates’ quick tips

All candidates should refer to the 2016 Elections Candidate Information Handbook (the blue book) and 2016 Elections Candidate Booklet (the pink book) available on our website.

Am I eligible to stand?

No special qualifications are needed but you must be a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll and have lived at your current address for at least one month.

Do I need any special skills?

This document sets out what knowledge and skills are useful for prospective elected members to have.

Can I nominate myself?

No, you can’t nominate yourself. The process requires two people to nominate you on the official candidate nomination form. The people who nominate you must be over 18 years old and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.

However, as the nominated person you will need to show you agree to be a candidate by signing the form.

What is the process to become a candidate?

Candidate nomination forms are available in person at the locations below, by telephoning 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822, or online from Friday 15 July here.

Once you have completed your candidate nomination form, take it in person to Auckland Council’s Electoral Officer or to an electoral official at one of the locations below.

  • Electoral Office, Independent Election Services, Level 3, Custom House, 50 Anzac Avenue, Auckland
  • Great Barrier Island Service Centre, Hector Sanderson Road, Claris
  • Henderson Service Centre, 6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
  • Manukau Service Centre, 4 Osterley Way, Manukau
  • Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa
  • Papakura Service Centre, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura
  • Pukekohe Service Centre, 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
  • Takapuna Service Centre, 1 The Strand, Takapuna
  • Waiheke Service Centre, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend

You can also post it to the electoral office, Independent Election Services, PO Box 5135, Wellesley St, Auckland, 1141.

Your candidate nomination form must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer or an electoral official at one of the above locations no later than noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Each candidate has to pay a $200 deposit (including GST). This is refunded if the candidate polls greater than 25% of the lowest successful candidate (for First Past the Post elections) or greater than 25% of the final quota (for Single Transferable Voting elections).

 

What council positions can I stand for?

Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can stand for mayor, councillor or local board member. There is no restriction on the number of roles you can stand for, but you cannot be elected to more than one council role. Recent changes to the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act now mean that you cannot be a member of more than one local board at the same time.

Candidates can still stand in more than one local board area, but the new legislation means:

  • candidates who wish to stand in more than one local board area must inform the Electoral Officer in writing of all the local boards for which they seek election, and rank in order of preference which local board they would choose if elected to more than one;
  • candidates must include the ranking in their candidate profile statement;
  • if any candidate is elected to more than one local board, the candidate becomes a member of the local board that they ranked the highest.

 

What about other elected roles?

For district health boards, a candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, a Parliamentary elector, and not disqualified under the rules of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. Noone can stand for more than one district health board.

For licensing trusts, a candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, a parliamentary elector, and a residential elector in the licensing trust area or ward. A candidate for a licensing trust must not have any involvement or appearance of involvement with the alcohol industry so as to be biased or appear biased.

How much time is involved?

Being the mayor or a councillor is considered a full-time job. Local board chairs can also work around 40 hours per week, while a local board member may work 20 to 25 hours a week.

Time commitments can vary. There will be meetings that you will need to attend and you’ll need time to prepare for those meetings.  Further information is available in the Candidate Booklet (the pink book).

Do I get paid if I am elected?

You do get paid if you’re elected. Elected member salaries are set by the Remuneration Authority, and vary depending on the role. The list of salaries is set out in Schedule 1 and 2 of the Local Government Elected Members (2016/17) (Auckland Council and Local Boards) Determination 2016, available here.

Do I need to live in the area where I wish to stand?

It is not necessary to live in the area where you wish to stand.

A candidate can live anywhere in the country, as long as the two people nominating you live in the area (region, ward or local board, or sub-division of a local board) where you want to stand.

Will I get any help on my campaign?

Auckland Council provides all the information you need to know about standing, which is on our website at showyourlove.co.nz

The council will also run an election awareness campaign, including advertising, media and community engagement. This will help to ensure all Aucklanders know the local elections are coming, and how to vote.

Once nominations close a website will be also available where voters can find out more about the candidates standing in their area. Candidates will be encouraged to provide further information for voters on this website.

Candidates are responsible for the promotion of their own campaigns. You will need to understand the rules about spending and election signage (see the blue Candidate Information Handbook (pages 25 to 50).

When you submit your candidate nomination form please provide the Electoral Officer with a recent colour photograph of yourself and a 150-word profile statement. These will be published in the voter instruction booklet, which his mailed to all voters with the voting documents, from 16 September.

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Mt Eden Source: http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2016/01/mt-eden-summit-to-be-vehicle-free/
Mt Eden
Source: http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2016/01/mt-eden-summit-to-be-vehicle-free/
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