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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, and how we can help.

Nominations are now closed

Could I be a councillor?

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.

  • raising a family,
  • caring for a sick or disabled relative
  • volunteering
  • being active in a community group
  • coaching or being active in a sports club

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

  • decision making and strategic thinking
  • communication and community engagement
  • relationship building and collaboration.

To stand for council, you do need to be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18
  • enrolled to vote in New Zealand
  1. Complete and submit a nomination form between 15 July and 12 noon 12 August 2022.
  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. If you intend to stand in one of the Māori constituencies both of your nominators must be enrolled on the Māori roll in the same constituency you are standing 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.
  • Your deposit will be refunded, if you are successful or get more than 25% of the number of votes the lowest successful candidate got, once you’ve submitted your Return of Electoral Expenses and Donations form to the Electoral Officer.

Candidate Handbook

2022 Local Elections Candidate Information handbook 

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. 

Find out more on the individual council websites below.

Central Hawke's Bay District Council
Napier City Council

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

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.

Vote 22 | Pōti 22 - Local Elections, Vote Local - New Zealand

Maangai Taunaki

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  

Find out more about Council

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)

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.

Election timeline

Consider being a candidate

Until Friday 15 July, 2022

Candidate nominations open

Friday 15 July, 2022

Candidate nominations close

12 noon, Friday 12 August, 2022

Candidates announced

Wednesday 17 August, 2022

Final electoral roll certified by Electoral Officer

Monday 12 September, 2022

Voting papers sent to enrolled voters

16-21 September, 2022

Voting opens

16 September - 8 October, 2022

Voting closes

12 noon, Saturday 8 October, 2022

Progress and preliminary results published

Saturday 8 October, 2022

Final results announced

14-19 October, 2022

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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.

Useful Videos

Invitation from our CE James Palmer 

More relevant videos are available here and here.


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