Candidate Information - Elections 2019


 

Our candidates have ideas for our region's future and have stood to help make our Council a diverse one which can represent the views of all our communities. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life; they may be parents, students, business people, self employed etc. 

Successful elected members are likely to be:

  • Effective decisionmakers
  • Excellent communicators, able to relate to a wide range of people from many different cultures and disciplines
  • Good at building relationships and networking
  • Sometimes requested to speak publicly at meetings and events, and to media (training will be provided)
  • Flexible and able to prioritise and manage time effectively

So what now? This page holds candidate FAQs and a series of videos that will give you everything you'll need to know about becoming a candidate, along with how local government works.
 

Standing as a Candidate for Horizons Regional Council

  • To be eligible, you must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • You also need to be enrolled as a parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand).
  • You will then need to complete a nomination form and get two people to nominate you. These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the constituency you wish to stand in.
  • Nomination forms will be available from 1 July.
  • There is a deposit payable of $200.  This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive. 
Further information will be available in the Candidate Information Book. The 2016 version is still available – click here. This version will be reviewed and available in July 2019. Information can also be found in the FAQ's which can be read here
 
Elections Frequently Asked Questions 2019

Standing for Local Government

The purpose of this video is to introduce you to the elected member roles available to you, including a description of what elected members do (duration 23 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved
  • Describe the three types of local authority, and the roles within each
  • Consider what elected members actually do. 


What do you need to be an Elected Member?

The purpose of this video is to help you think about what skills you will need to have and behaviours you will need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help (duration 6 minutes).                   

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Review the important skills needed to be an elected member and what behaviours you will need to display
  • Clarify the value of diversity around the council table
  • Think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.

How Councils work

The purpose of this video is to help you find out about how councils work and are funded (duration 16 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Describe how councils operate and are funded
  • Explain how councils make decisions
  • Find out about elected members’ pay.

Nomination requirements

The purpose of this video is to help you understand the next steps to take, if you have decided to stand for local government (duration 3 minutes).    

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Explain how the electoral process works
  • Complete the local government nomination requirementsThink about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you

Your first days as an Elected Member

The purpose of this video is to give you an idea of what to expect if you are successfully elected (duration 5 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Describe what happens in the first month after the election if you are elected
  • Get important dates into your diary so that you are available for those essential first meetings.