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Standing for Election

This page details how you can become a candidate and be nominated for local body elections, as well as containing links to the Candidate Information Booklet and the Pre-Election Report.

PDF Document. Candidate Information Booklet (1.2 Mb)

Becoming a Candidate

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen; and
  • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand.

A candidate in the local elections needs to be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the Electoral Roll for the district or ward for which the candidate is standing. Becoming a candidate costs $200 including GST. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes the candidate receives.

NMDHB Candidates

To obtain a Candidate Information Booklet please contact the Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp on phone: 0800 666 048.

The Ministry of Health publication District Health Board Elections 2016 - Information for Candidates is available from the Ministry of Health's website.

In addition, a candidate for election to a district health board must not be disqualified by either Clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.  


Nominations for all positions will open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Nomination forms will be available during this period from Council offices in Blenheim and Picton, or by telephoning 03 520 7400 for one to be posted out.

Candidates must be nominated by two people, both of whom need to sign the nomination form. Those nominating must be on the electoral roll for the district or ward of the district in which the candidate is standing (e.g. candidates for the Blenheim Ward must be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the Electoral Roll for the Blenheim Ward). Candidates must also sign the nomination form.

Candidates cannot nominate themselves for office. They can stand independently or under a party grouping or affiliation.

For clarification, those nominating a candidate for:

  • the Marlborough District Council can be either residential or ratepayer electors.
  • the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board must be residential electors in the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s area.

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