Help us shape the future of our region by standing as a candidate. Find out how to stand for council, the procedure for nominations, and how we can help.
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. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable as a university degree or professionsl qualification.
You don’t have to be highly educated or have a profession. Skills gained through the following can be just as valuable.
Councillors bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:
To stand for council, you do need to be:
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.
Find out more on the individual council websites below.
Ahead ofnthe elections we will produce a booklet to help navigate through the process of standing for council. This is available online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taituarā (Local Government Professionals Aotearoa), in collaboration with LGNZ (Local Government New Zealand), has just launched a national Vote Local website - a one-stop shop for information on preparing for the 8 October 2022 Local Elections – for voters, candidates, teachers, and council staff. The site will be updated with the latest information as it comes to hand.
With any councils establishing Maori wards last year, Taurikura NZ and Waikato-Tainui have collaborated to develop Maangai Taunaki, a series of waananaga to support candidates, campaign supporters and community champions. This information will be of interest to thos thinking about standing as a candidate in the 2022 Local Elections.
All of the Mana Tangata Mana Maangai videos including the new candidate support series Maangai Taunaki is available on the dedicated Youtube channel here
The Council, made up of 11 councillors representing 7 constituencies from October 2022, 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
Until Friday 15 July, 2022
Friday 15 July, 2022
12 noon, Friday 12 August, 2022
Wednesday 17 August, 2022
Monday 12 September, 2022
16-21 September, 2022
16 September - 8 October, 2022
12 noon, Saturday 8 October, 2022
Saturday 8 October, 2022
14-19 October, 2022
The role of elected representative (councillor) includes:
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