How to stand as a candidate

We are searching for leaders to shape our communities - Vote 2019.


We're looking for a diverse range of people to represent the communities of Horowhenua.

Do you want to help decide the future of our District as we welcome more than a 10,000 new residents? You'll be making decisions about where they will live, work, shop and play? You'll help us to revitalise the Levin Town Centre, determine spending priorities and help us create plans for the future.

Are you interested in taking part in decisions to do with our water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater, roading, footpaths, parks and reserves, rates, regulation, bylaws, recycling, waste management, shared pathways, community development, libraries, community halls, cemeteries and so much more?

Are you willing to listen to individuals, organisations, iwi and others and to bring their thoughts and concerns to the Council table? Will you communicate with the public about Council's decision-making process, the decisions elected members make and represent our District both locally and nationally?

If your answer is yes then keep on reading.

The videos on the following pages have been created by Local Government New Zealand and will give you an insight in to what you can expect. You’ll be hearing from real people - with real experience.

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. Or, you can read the Candidate's Guide(PDF, 778KB) created by Local Government New Zealand. You can also find more detailed information for candidates on the Local Government New Zealand.

Standing for local government


This video will introduce you to elected member roles, including a description of what elected members do. The video is 25 minutes long. It will help you understand:

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

What do you need to be an elected member?

This video will 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. The video is 6 minutes long and covers:

  • 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.

How council works

This video will help you find out about how councils work and are funded. The video is 16 minutes long and will provide you with understanding about: 

  • How councils operate and are funded
  • How councils make decisions
  • Elected members’ pay.

Nomination requirements

This video will help you understand the next steps to take, if you have decided to stand for local government. The video is 3 minutes long and will provide you with information about:

  • How the electoral process works
  • How to complete the local government nomination requirements
  • The types of campaigning methods that might work for you.

Your first days as an elected member

This video will give you an idea of what to expect if you are successfully elected. The video is 5 minutes long and will help you to understand: 

  • What will happen if you are elected
  • Important dates for your diary so that you are available for those essential first meetings.

Are you eligible to stand?

You can stand for Council if you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged over 18 years of age
  • enrolled to vote

Next steps

All candidates are required to be nominated by two people (you cannot nominate yourself). They must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in the ward area you wish to stand in. Nominations open on Friday 19 July and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019. You will be required to pay a $200 deposit as part of your nomination.

Important information to note

You cannot stand for election to both Horowhenua District Council (as Mayor, Councillor or Community Board member) and the Horizons Regional Council. You cannot stand for election to more than one ward or constituency of the same authority.

You cannot have concerns or interest in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General.