Candidate Preparation

​​​​​​​​​​Thinking about standing for local government?

Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The videos that follow will give you an insight in to what you can expect in each of the various roles you might choose to put yourself forward for in the 2019 Elections. You'll be hearing from real people - with real experience.

At the beginning of each video, we let you know what you can expect to learn about by the end of the video. Please feel free to watch the videos all at once or one at a time. We find it is best to view the videos on the latest version of Chrome to avoid any technical issues.

You can also find more detailed information for candidates on the Local Government New Zealand website

We hope these videos help you decide if being an elected member is for you, and if so, what role would suit you best.  If you decide to run in the upcoming elections, we wish you the very best of luck.

Purpose: To introduce you to the elected member roles available to you, including a description of what elected members do. (25 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved
  • Describe the three types of local authority, and the roles within each
  • Consider what elected members actually do. ​

​​Purpose: To help you think about what skills you will need to have and behaviours you will need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help. (6 minutes)                                                                                          

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Review the important skills needed to be an elected member and what behaviours you will need to display
  • Clarify the value of diversity around the council table
  • Think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.


Purpose: To help you find out about how councils work and are funded. (16 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Describe how councils operate and are funded
  • Explain how councils make decisions
  • Find out about elected members' pay.

Purpose: To help you understand the next steps to take, if you have decided to stand for local government. (3 minutes)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Explain how the electoral process works
  • Complete the local government nomination requirements
  • Think about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you.

Purpose: To give you an idea of what to expect if you are successfully elected. (1 minute)

By the end of this video you will be able to:

  • Get important dates into your diary so that you are available for those essential first meetings.


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