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Stand for Council

Help us shape the future of our region by standing as a candidate. Find out how to stand for council, the procedure for nominations, how we can help

Stand for the Hastings Constituency

A by-election is required to fill an extraordinary vacancy for the Hastings constituency of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council . The by-election has arisen from the recent resignation of councillor Rex Graham.

Nominations for the above position open on Thursday 17 June 2021 and must be made on the nomination form here. This can be delivered to our offices here or for ease use the online form below by 12 noon on Thursday 15 July 2021.

Candidate eligibility

Full eligibility criteria for this by-election is detailed on the reverse of the nomination form. In summary, candidates do not need to reside within the Hastings constituency area, but must be a NZ citizen and enrolled as a parliamentary elector somewhere in New Zealand and be nominated by two electors enrolled in the Hastings constituency area

Standing for council 

Do you want to make a difference? Are you looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your community? Being an elected member of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is an opportunity for you to work with your local communities and the wider region for a better environment. We need people who are skilled and committed to the local community. Help shape the future of our region by standing as a candidate.

Could I be a councillor?

You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable.

  • raising a family,
  • caring for a sick or disabled relative
  • volunteering
  • being active in faith or community groups.

To stand for council, you need to be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

There are no special qualifications required to stand for council.

The communities of Hawke’s Bay are diverse, and we want a council that reflects that diversity – of culture, ethnicity, age and passion – and from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Elected members bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:

  • decision making and strategic thinking
  • communication and community engagement
  • relationship building and collaboration.
  1. Complete and submit a nomination form.
  2. Get two people to nominate you. These people must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the area (constituency) you wish to stand in.
  3. Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.
  4. Learn about how council works and your roles and responsibilities if elected.

Please check that you have all the required documents when applying:

  • Nomination form – Each nomination must be made on the appropriate official nomination form, must have the consent of the candidate, and must be signed by two nominators (electors whose names appear on the Electoral Roll for the constituency the candidate is standing in)
  • Profile statement – No more than 150 words, in paragraphs with no special formatting – refer to the Candidate Handbook for details relating to profile statement translations.
  • Photo – Recent (within last 6 months) head and shoulders only, with nothing else in the photo, i.e. no hats, external objects or other people, supplied electronically as a JPEG or PNG file in the following format:
    472 pixels wide by 709 pixels high, 400 KB maximum set to greyscale or full colour at 600dpi.
  • NZ Citizenship – Acceptable evidence of NZ Citizenship includes a NZ birth certificate or Passport, or NZ citizenship certificate
  • Evidence of Deposit payment - Payment of the nomination deposit can be made by cash or EFTPOS when delivering your nomination in person at the HBRC office, or by online banking. When using online banking, please refer to the details provided on page 2 of the Nomination form.

Candidate Handbook

2019 Local Elections Candidate Information

2019 Expenses and Donations

2019 Expenses and Donations Declaration form

Candidates should:

  • find out what is important to your local community
  • familiarise yourself with Hawke’s Bay’s local government structure and the role of councillors.

We encourage you to attend a Council meeting to see what is involved. You can also watch these meetings online.

The main reason people don't vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.

A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community. Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes.

  • Use social media channels like Facebook and Twitter as they are cheap to run and have wider reach
  • Get out into the community by door knocking, addressing public meetings and talking to the public in shopping malls or weekend markets
  • Look for interview opportunities on the radio, local newspapers or magazines
  • Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards.

There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how and when signage can be displayed. For full details, see The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Facebook page must not be used for electioneering purposes. Any post - positive or negative - made by any individual specifically relating to their own - or someone else's - nomination, intention to run for the Regional Council or election campaign, will be removed immediately. Check out the Regional Council Social Media Guidelines, that provides information and rules around using social media for campaigning. 

Find out more about about hoardings policies from your local council:

Napier City Council
Hastings District Council
Central Hawke's Bay District Council
Wairoa District Council

We have produced a booklet to help you navigate your way through the process of standing for council. This is available online here or you can pick one up from your local library, or the Regional Council offices.

For more information about standing for council  email HBRC’s Electoral Officer, Leeanne Hooper. Leeanne is happy to meet with you informally to chat about the role of councillor and answer any questions you may have.

For more information about standing for council, email HBRC’s Electoral Officer at

Find out more about Council

The Council, made up of 9 councillors representing 5 constituencies, focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions.

The political decision making at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is made by the Council, as governing body, and in partnership with tangata whenua on the Regional Planning Committee, a statutory committee that considers the Council’s Resource Management Act policies and plans.

Committees receive briefings from staff through agenda papers and presentations. Councillors on these committees then make recommendations which can be debated again at the full Council.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is supported by a professional corporate organisation, led by the Chief Executive. Officers provide the Council with policy advice and are responsible for implementing the Council’s policies to achieve the results the Council wants. The Chief Executive and staff are responsible for managing day-to-day issues and implementing the Councils’ decisions and policies. The organisation has been structured under seven Groups, each headed by a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

You can gain a good understanding of our role and work by browsing  this website.



Part time (20 hours or more a week)

Key responsibilities:

  • attend monthly Council governing body and bi-monthly committee meetings
  • attend meetings and workshops with council employees and external parties as required for individual projects
  • read plans, reports and agendas, and other meeting preparation work
  • build relationships with key stakeholders.
  • engage with the public, including attending events and public meetings, and liaising with residents and community groups
  • engage in representative democracy by representing the voice and will of their community to address issues.

Full time at least 40 hrs a week (A significant professional and personal commitment, including after hours and weekends, is required)

Unlike a Mayor, where candidates stand for election to the role, the Regional Council Chairperson is elected by the new Council at their first meeting.

Key Chairperson responsibilities

  • Setting the strategic direction of the Council’s work
  • Providing leadership to achieve
  • Leading the development of council Plans Policies and Budgets
  • Ensuring effective engagement between the Council and the Hawke’s Bay people
  • Establishing committees and appointing a chairperson for each committee.

Full role responsibilities can be found here.

Roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members.

The role of elected representative (councillor) includes:

  • representing the interests of the people of the region
  • developing and adopting plans, policies and budgets
  • monitoring the performance of the council against the goals and objectives set out in its long term plan
  • providing prudent stewardship of the council’s resources
  • employing and monitoring the performance of the chief executive
  • ensuring the council fulfils its responsibilities to be a ‘good employer’ and meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

Nomination submission form

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.

Useful Videos

Invitation from our CE James Palmer 

More relevant videos are available
here and here.

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