Get information and support before nominations open


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:

  • be involved in governance

  • help manage our assets, worth over $200 million

  • help prioritise spending

  • make decisions that will shape the future of our communities

  • help achieve economic growth

  • decide how to meet the current and future needs of Opotiki's communities for infrastructure, public services and regulations while balancing affordability for today's ratepayers and future generations.

Being chosen by fellow citizens to represent them is a privilege. Successful local election candidates are those that take the time to listen to their communities, engage with the people within them and go on to champion their voice as their representative.

Want to know more? Visit the Election​s page on our website and in particular check out the Vote2019 Candidate Guide and the Opotiki District Council 2019 Candidate Information Handbook.

You'll also be interested in our 2019 Pre-Election Report which will be available from 24 July on our website and from our office at 108 St John Street, Opotiki.​

Our elections officials can also meet with you to talk about Opotiki District Council, becoming a candidate and answering any further questions you have. Call 07 3153030 to make an appointment.

Page reviewed: 25 Jun 2019 4:53pm