Information for candidates
Nominations are now closed
You can view a list of the candidates on our Nominated Candidate page
What do you stand for?
Local government elections are a great time to consider what’s important to you and whether you want to stand for a seat at the Council table.
Deciding to play a significant role in our communities by running for local government is a big decision. As an elected member you can help make decisions that shape the future of our district - a great opportunity to see our community progress with your dedication and mahi.
We need candidates with vision, empathy and commitment. Born collaborators who can listen to all viewpoints before reaching a considered conclusion. You should stand for council:
- To contribute to the development and improvement of our community
- To make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of our local community
- To represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are considered
- To contribute your business or professional skills to help our community realise its potential.
As per our Final Representation Arrangements the Ōpōtiki District Council 2022 local election will be for the Mayor and 6 councillors as follows:
Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
Coast Ward Councillor (1)
Ōpōtiki Ward Councillors (3)
Waioeka-Waiōtahe-Otara Ward Councillors (2)
Coast Community Board members (4).
You also get to vote for Bay of Plenty Regional Council Members.
Although councillors are elected from their respective wards, it’s their duty to represent the interests of the whole district.
Who can be a candidate?
To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be:
- A New Zealand citizen
- Over 18 years old
- Enrolled on the electoral roll
Other requirements are that:
- The candidate or their spouse/partner must not have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the council
- If the candidate is subject to a Court Order under section 31 of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988, they should take legal advice.
- If the candidate is an employee of the council, they must resign before taking up their position as an elected member.
There are not any formal qualifications required to become a candidate in the local elections. Elected members (councillors) come from all backgrounds and walks of life, with varied skill sets. However, there are certain behaviours that will help you provide effective governance in your role:
- Public interest focus
- Tolerance and respect
- Open and sincere
Being an effective councillor
In addition, there is expertise that makes an effective councillor:
- Communication / whakawhiti kōrero
You’ll be the voice and representative of the people of our district.
- Decision-making and strategy / te whakatau me te rautaki
You'll need a clear head and an open mind to help run our district. Considering the differing and important needs of our communities and understanding the wider impacts of the decisions you make at Council is important as is understanding how Council plan and pay for everything.
- Collaboration / mahi tahi
As a councillor your influence goes beyond the rohe. How you represent our district and your focus on relationships and building partnerships is pivotal.
- Learning / ako
You’ll need to be aware of the key issues facing our district now and keep learning as the district changes and grows. You’ll learn more about what makes the district tick, and the different communities that make Ōpōtiki special.
- Passion / ngākaunui
As with any job, you should be enthusiastic about it! If you’re active in your community, a parent or passionate citizen, if you are proud of our district think about standing in future elections and helping to shape our future.
If you're looking for information the best place to start is our Candidate Information Handbook PDF
There is also a wealth of information that has been put out by Local Government New Zealand:
- Download the LGNZ Candidates Guide for more information on what it means to be an elected member.
- Download the LGNZ Guide to Local Government for more information of how local government works.
- Go to the Vote Local website for more information for candidates.
Nominations are now closed.
Candidate nominations were open from 15 July to noon on 12 August 2022.
Being nominated involves the following steps:
- Completion of an official nomination paper (included below)
- Nominations from two people. Candidates cannot nominate themselves, and those who nominate candidates must be over 18 years old and enrolled to vote in the area the candidate is planning to stand
- Candidates must consent to their nomination going forward
- A $200 deposit must be paid, which may be refunded depending on election results
- Candidates must be New Zealand citizens and enrolled as an parliamentary elector (you must be 18 years or older)
- Full details on the nomination process are available in our Candidate Information Handbook PDF
Nominations papers have been removed as nominations are now closed.
Ōpōtiki District Council's 2022 Pre-Election Report
If you were thinking of standing for Council, are looking for information to inform your vote in 2022, or are just interested in understanding local challenges better, our 2022 Pre-Election Report is for you.
The report highlights the big projects and key challenges for the district and supports our local democratic processes.
Or view on Issuu here:
Other important information
Electoral staff contacts
Ōpōtiki District Council Electoral Officer
Phone: 0800 922 822
Ōpōtiki District Council Electoral Official
Phone: 07 315 3030