Being a Horowhenua District Council elected member is an opportunity for you to be part of governing our district.

Candidate nominations opened on 15 July and closed at 12 noon on 12 August 2022.

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Candidate Profiles

Nominations for the 2022 Local Body Elections, for the Horowhenua District Council, closed at 12 noon on Friday 12 August with 28 candidates putting themselves up for election for 18 roles. The 2022 candidates are:

Mayor JENNINGS, Sam (The Change We Need)
KAYE-SIMMONS, Victoria (Independent)
WANDEN, Bernie
Kere Kere General Ward ALLAN, David
RUSSELL, Brett (Simply The Best)
Miranui General Ward KETU, Robert
Levin General Ward BARKER, Mike (Independent)
JENNINGS, Sam (Standing Up For The Horowhenua)

KIRK, Athol (Independent)
PITT, Veronica
TUKAPUA, Piri-Hira Josephine
VAN DEN BERG, Carl (To Serve My Community)

Waiopehu General Ward AYLWARD, Barry
BOYLE, Rogan
PROCTER, Jonathan
Horowhenua Māori Ward

O’CARROLL, Troy (Whakawehi Marae Trustees)

Te Awahou Foxton Community Board CHAMBERS, Trevor
FOX, Nola (Working together for Foxton & Beach)
RUSSELL, Brett (Simply The Best)
SANSON, Lindsay

Each Candidate for the 2022 Local Body Elections has prepared a candidate profile statement. This statement is the same as the one contained in the Pārongo me ngā Kōrero Kaitono | Information & Candidate Profiles booklet which will be supplied along with voting papers.

Both the Candidate profile statements and the booklet are available on our Candidates page.

Candidate Contact Information

To view nominations contact information visit and search for Horowhenua District Council.

'Meet the Candidates' Events

Hosted by community organisations and businesses, these events are an opportunity for you to get to know the candidates for your area in the Local Election 2022.

The events have been brought to our attention by the organisations running them – it is not a full list of all events across the district and they are not hosted by Horowhenua District Council.

We encourage all organisers to contact to get your 'Meet the Candidates' event published.

View the 'Meet the Candidates' events

Candidate Information Briefing - 3 August 2022

A Candidate Information Briefing was held on 3 August 2022.

The session and presentations covered:

  • what is local government all about?;
  • 2022 Election details;
  • the nomination process;
  • campaigning;
  • Election process and results; and
  • standing for Horizons Regional Council.

You can view the documents and the video presented at the Candidate Information Briefing below:

Horizons Regional Council Local Elections 2022 (Video)
2022 Pre-Election Candidate Briefing(PDF, 4MB)
Electoral Officer Overview Candidate Process(PDF, 4MB)

Helpful Resources for Candidates

The 2022 Elections Candidate Handbook is below.

Candidate Handbook 2022(PDF, 15MB)

A Candidate's guide to Local Authority Elections, produced by Local Government New Zealand, is below.

Vote 2022 Candidate Guide

If you have any interest in standing for Council please contact Deputy Electoral Officer Ashley Huria for more information.

Contact Details

Electoral Officer: Warwick Lamp
Phone: 0800 666 048
Fax: 03 377 1474

Deputy Electoral Officer: Ashley Huria 
Phone: 06 366 0999

Who can be a candidate

To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • over 18 years old
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

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You don't need any special qualifications. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

To be effective you'll need to bring a broad range of skills to the role:

  • Decision making and strategic thinking
  • Communication and community engagement
  • Relationship building and collaboration.

View our Skills and qualities you need to become an elected member page for further information.

What candidates need to do

You should:

  • find out what's important to your local community
  • learn about Horowhenua local government structure and the role of councillors, and community board members.

You can find a meeting of Council to watch online on our Live Council Meetings page.

Getting votes

Lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views is consistently reported as one of the main reasons people don't vote in local elections.

To run a successful campaign, you need to let local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community.

Regulations for campaigning

There are regulations around campaigning, including:

  • how much you can spend
  • how and when you can display signage.

For full details, see The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the New Zealand Legislation website.