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Information for candidates

Candidate nominations will open on 26 April 2024 and close at midday on 24 May 2024. Check back for more information soon.

Calling for candidates

We’re looking for intelligent, passionate and caring people to apply for the most important jobs in the city.  

If you think you have what it takes to represent your community as one of eight general ward councillors, our Māori ward councillor, or lead the city as mayor, nominations open Friday, 26 April and close Friday, 24 May.

Find out more and download your nomination form below.

Nomination form - Councillor (218kb pdf) Nomination form - Mayor (215kb pdf)
Candidate Handbook (4.3mb pdf)

Candidate events and debates

Candidate information session

If you're interested in standing as a candidate, come to our information session with Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp on Tuesday 30 April to find out all you need to know about nominations, standing for Council and the election process. The event will be held at Baycourt X Space, 38 Durham Street, from 6:00pm-7:15pm. We will also livestream the event so please indicate if you are attending in person or online when you register.

Register here


Candidates will be announced after 24 May 2024. If your community group or organisation is interested in hosting a meet the candidate event or debate, please email us at election24@tauranga.govt.nz
These events will be listed on our election website as they are received. These events are not run by Council.

Commissioner Clinics

The Commissioners invite potential candidates to book into one of their regular clinics for a 20-minute discussion about standing in the upcoming council election.

Clinic dates are: 24 April and 29 May 2024.

Meetings are held in the Commission Office, Level 3, 306 Cameron Road, Tauranga. If you would like to book a clinic timeslot, please contact Executive Assistant Maree King.

The eight general wards and the one Māori ward and their populations are:

Tauranga City Council wards Est Resident Population as at 2023
Te Awanui Māori * 16,200
Arataki General 17,800
Bethlehem General 17,950
Matua-Otūmoetai General 18,600
Mauao/Mount Maunganui General 16,100
Pāpāmoa General 21,100
Te Papa General 16,950
Tauriko General 18,300
Welcome Bay General 18,850


Other Issues Est Resident Population as at 2023
Mayoralty 161,850

*Statistics NZ calculates the Māori electoral population using a formula. The Te Awanui ward represents the entire city.

Source: Statistics NZ population estimates as at 2023, available from the Local Government Commission.

Search for my ward

You can find the number of electors in each ward here and how many people are currently enrolled to vote here.

General wards

General ward map

Māori ward, Te Awanui

Maori ward

Encouraging candidates to stand

The Commissioners in their terms of reference have been asked by the Minister of Local Government “to work with the Council to encourage quality candidates to stand for election”.

The Commissioners have defined the following attributes that they believe reflect a quality candidate.

The Commissioners recognise that one person will not necessarily have all these attributes, but they see the mayor and councillors collectively holding these attributes to ensure a high performing Council.

  • Recognises that while elected members represent a geographic area of the city, they must make decisions that are in the best interests of the whole city.
  • Understands and has good governance experience, including recognising and giving effect to the principle of collective responsibility.
  • Understands the needs and role of Tauranga as a nationally important metro city.
  • Recognises that Tauranga is growing and changing rapidly and the associated need to manage that growth and change.
  • Long term strategic thinker capable of making decisions that help define the future for Tauranga and its key role in the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Knowledgeable about the direction and rationale behind the Long-term Plan 2024-34 and capable of delivering on it.
  • Financial acumen with experience in large and complex organisations. Aptitude to comprehend financial information and reports and scrutinise management’s performance.
  • Aptitude to get to grips with complex legislation and reforms.
  • Builder of collegial working relationships and models positive values and behaviours.
  • Develop and retains strong strategic partnerships.
  • Commits to honouring the Council’s responsibilities under the Local Government Act associated with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and working with mana whenua of Tauranga.
  • Recognises the increasing diversity and changing ethnicity of Tauranga City and able to understand and empathise with all cultures and their aspirations.
  • Familiar with the history of the development of the city and the reasons why the Commission was appointed.
  • Has great communication skills.
  • Commits time and energy.


While campaigning for the election, you must follow the rules set out under The Local Electoral Act 2001. These are summarised in the Candidate Handbook.

Election Signs

For more information on signage areas and rules, please check out Election signs page.


You must be a New Zealand citizen and be a parliamentary elector.

Other requirements are that:

  • You are nominated by two electors in the area you are standing for.
  • You or your spouse/partner must not have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the council.
  • If you are subject to a Court Order under section 31 of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988, you should take legal advice.
  • If you are an employee of the council, you must resign before taking up your position as an elected member. The rules of some councils may require you to take leave for campaigning prior to the election.

You do not need to reside in the ward or city that you are standing for.

You do not need any formal qualifications. Elected members come from all walks of life and generally have a desire to serve their community.

There are a lot of different skills you will need to draw on, but the success of local government comes when all voices of a community can be heard and included. Most importantly you need to care about all members of your community and communicate their views, by representing them. You also need to be able to think about strategic issues and take both a short and long-term view of the impact your decisions will have. This is called governance. These two concepts are at the heart of local government.

Finally, you also know how to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi to facilitate participation by Māori in local authority decision-making processes.

The Candidates Handbook sets out the roles of the mayor and councillors.

Local Government New Zealand has a number of guides – the Candidate Guide and Good Governance Guide are useful if you are thinking about standing. You can also refer to the Guides in the resources section that outlines important information about how councils work and roles and responsibilities of elected members.

The term is 4 years and 3 months with the next election in October 2028.  Usually, the term is for three years.

The mayor’s role is full-time.  The councillors role is considered part-time, approximately 3 days a week. Some weeks will be busier than others and some months of the year are busier than others.  There are no meetings booked in the school holidays and over the Christmas and January period.

Remuneration for Tauranga City Council elected members is set by the Remuneration Authority. The remuneration for the period 1 July 2023 to 1 July 2024 is:

Role Remuneration
Mayor $172,918 p.a.
Councillor minimum allowable remuneration $ 84,566p.a.
Pool for all councillors remuneration $1,198,246 p.a.


From 1 July 2024, the Remuneration Authority will publish updated remuneration figures that will apply to the incoming Council who will decide on the distribution of the pool after the election.

Base councillor remuneration must not be set below the minimum prescribed and the council must spend the whole of the pool allocated.

Additional expenses identified in the Elected Members’ Expenses and Resources Policy, may also be claimed.

 Elected Members’ Expenses and Resources Policy (38kb pdf)

You need two people to nominate you.

A nominator must be on the electoral roll for the area for which you are standing, e.g. if you are standing for election in a specific ward, you must be nominated by two electors from that ward who are also on the electoral roll for that ward. If you are standing for the mayoralty you must be nominated by two electors who are enrolled and their names appear on the electoral roll for Tauranga City.

As the person being nominated, you not required to be enrolled in the ward/city you are standing for but must be enrolled somewhere in New Zealand and meet the other criteria.

You are not able to nominate yourself.

Nomination forms will be available on the Council’s website. Your nominators must fill it in.  You must agree to being nominated and you also need to sign the form.

Nominations will be accepted from 26 April 2024. Nominations close at 12 noon on 24 May 2024.

Lodgement should not be left until the last day because if there are any problems with the details provided there might be insufficient time to resolve them and the nominee could miss out.

Yes, if you belong to a political party or other group you may want to identify with them.

If you do have a specific affiliation, the electoral officer may require a letter of consent from the party, organisation or group giving its consent for you to use the affiliation.

An affiliation is described in section 57(3) Local Electoral Act 2001 as “an endorsement by any organisation or group (whether incorporated or unincorporated).”

No affiliation that might cause offence, or is likely to confuse or mislead electors, will be accepted by the electoral officer.

Iwi and hapū endorsement

If candidates wish to list whānau, hapū or iwi details as an affiliation, an endorsement or confirmation letter from a Marae, Whānau Trust, Iwi Authority, or other Māori organisation would be required. It is acknowledged whakapapa is a birth right and situations may occur where candidates may not feel they need to provide proof, in which case whakapapa can be highlighted in the context of the candidate profile statement and other forums and activities.

Independent candidates

Candidates who are not part of a political party or group sometimes identify their affiliation as ‘Independent’ or leave as blank (if left blank, nothing will show alongside the name of the candidate on the voting document).

Party affiliations

A candidate requiring a specific party affiliation should have authority to adopt the affiliation from the party, organisation or group concerned (i.e. the electoral officer may require a letter of consent from the party, organisation or group giving its consent for the candidate to use the affiliation). This is a safety measure to avoid any illegal adoption of party, group or organisation affiliations.

Multiple affiliations

Situations may arise where the same affiliation is given by two or more candidates, or a candidate provides multiple affiliations. If a candidate provides multiple affiliations, an electoral officer may require multiple endorsement or confirmation letters.

Character length for affiliations

Note that there are length limits to a candidate’s affiliation. The voting document and candidate booklet allows 38 characters before the affiliation truncates.

Candidates may provide the electoral officer with a candidate profile statement with their nomination. This is a statement of up to 150 words containing information about themselves and their policies and intentions if elected.

The profile may include a recent passport-sized photo. The candidate profile statement must be true and accurate. The electoral officer is not required to verify or investigate any information included in this statement and it will be included with the voting document sent to each elector.

If candidates choose not to supply a profile statement or photo, then a message will appear in the profile booklet that a statement/photo was not supplied by the candidate.

If a candidate profile statement is submitted in Māori and English, the information contained in each language must be substantially consistent with the information contained in the other language. Therefore, in the case where a candidate includes a mihi or greeting as part of a candidate profile statement provided in Māori, the mihi or greeting should be explained in the English version in a manner substantially consistent with the Māori version – still within the 150-word limit.

The candidate profile statement:

  • must state whether or not the candidate’s principal place of residence, being the address in respect of which the candidate is registered as a parliamentary elector, is in the local government area for which the candidate seeks election (for example, either ‘My principal place of residence is in the Arataki Ward’ or ‘My principal place of residence is not in the Arataki Ward’); and
  • if the candidate is seeking election to any other positions in elections to which the Local Electoral Act 2001 applies, they must specify each position and state that the candidate is seeking to be elected to these positions.

These statements are not counted as part of the 150-word limit.

Yes, a candidate can stand for more than one position i.e.  a councillor or the mayor. But a candidate cannot stand in more than one ward.

Candidates in Māori Wards

Candidates in Māori Wards do not need to be of Māori descent, but they do need to be on the parliamentary electoral roll.

However, you cannot stand for both a General ward and a Māori ward at the same time and you cannot stand for more than one general ward at a time.

You can stand to be a councillor and to be the mayor at the same time.

Once elected, all elected members, whether elected from General or Māori wards, take a formal oath of office to represent the entire city..

It costs $200 including GST to lodge a nomination for each position standing. The funds must be deposited to the electoral officer by close of nominations (12 noon 24 May 2024).

Yes, it is important to find out what the rules are about things such as not going over budget on advertising and keeping track of all your expenses, as you will need to submit them after the completion of the campaign. There are also rules that apply to signage, such as where and when signs can be erected. There are limits to the amount of money candidates can spend on their election campaigns, which includes donations and joint campaigning.  Please refer to the Candidates Handbook for details.

Learn more

For more information, email electoral officer Warwick Lampp at taurangacc@electionz.com. Tauranga City Council’s deputy electoral officer, Coral Hair, can be reached at election24@tauranga.govt.nz.

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