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Stand for Council

You can help govern one of the fastest-growing cities in New Zealand by joining Tauranga City Council as an elected member.

You can stand for mayor, ward councillor, or councillor at large.


To stand for Tauranga City Council, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen
  • aged at least 18
  • enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll

Elected members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and no special qualifications are needed. You don’t even need to live locally.

However, the most effective elected members have strong skills in communication, strategic thinking and building relationships.

Important steps

  • Complete a nomination form before 16 August
  • Get two people to nominate you. They must be over 18, and must be enrolled to vote in the area in which you are standing (eg, if you are standing in Te Papa/Welcome Bay ward, the nominators must live in that ward)
  • Pay a $200 deposit
  • Learn about how council works and your roles/responsibilities if elected
  • Make your views public by campaigning for election

Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August. Electoral officers will publicise candidates’ names by 21 August.


While campaigning for election, you must follow rules under The Local Electoral Act 2001.


We Build – candidate’s guide (782kb pdf)

LGNZ video 1 – Standing for local government

LGNZ video 2 – Elected member skills and behaviours

LGNZ video 3 – How councils work

LGNZ video 4 – Nomination requirements

LGNZ video 5 – The first month after the elections

Last Reviewed: 08/05/2019

Learn more

For more information, email electoral officer Warwick Lampp at wlampp@electionz.com. Tauranga City Council’s deputy electoral officer, Jacinda Lean, can be reached at jacinda.lean@tauranga.govt.nz.



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