While nominations for this year's local council elections don't open until 19 July 2019, Council encourages potential candidates to start thinking early about their future in local government.
Having the support and information needed ahead of the election will help ensure elected representatives understand the responsibilities and accountability of the role and have the abilities, skills and training needed to be effective elected members who are aware of the impact of their decision-making.
Holding public office requires a serious commitment but can be an opportunity to take a step up and have real influence over the key issues affecting whanau, friends and communities. It is also an excellent way to further develop leadership skills.
As an elected member, you will: