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
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.
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
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.
You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable.
To stand for council, you need to be:
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:
Please check that you have all the required documents when applying:
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
The role of elected representative (councillor) includes:
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