​Stand for Council - Be a Candidate in 2019

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​Stand for Council - Be a Candidate in 2019

Candidate nominations opened on 19 July and closed at midday on 16 August 2019. To stand for the Council, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged 18 years or older
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

Elected members can come from all backgrounds and walks of life. You don't need any special qualifications to stand for the Council.

An effective elected member brings a broad range of skills to the role, such as:

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

How to Get Nominated

  • Complete a nomination form during the nomination period
  • Get two people to nominate you. They must be aged 18 years or older and enrolled to vote in the area you wish to stand in.
  • Provide a deposit of $200. This may be refunded, depending on how many votes you receive.

As a candidate, you need to:

  • find out what is important to your local community
  • familiarise yourself with Marlborough’s local government structure and the roles of elected members.

How to Get Votes

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.

Useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes

  • Get out into the community by door knocking, addressing public meetings and talking to members of the public
  • Look for interview opportunities on radio, local newspapers, websites and magazines
  • Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards
  • Use social media channels.

There are regulations around campaigning, including how much you can spend and how and when signage can be displayed.

Further information will be available in the 2019 Candidate Handbook. For more information, email the Council's Electoral Officer at: