Council nominations open soon

Published on 17 June 2022

Image shows the clock tower and the square at Palmerston North city centre.

Stand up and help shape Palmy's future. Candidates who wish to lead Palmy over the next three years can now officially put their hands up.

Nominations to stand as a councillor or mayor for Palmerston North City Council open on Friday 15 July and close at 12pm on Friday 12 August.

Council’s Democracy and Governance Manager, Hannah White, says this is an opportunity for people who care about their communities to act.

“If you are passionate about your community and want to help shape Palmy’s future, now is your chance.”

Candidates will be able to choose whether to stand for mayor, or as a councillor in either Te Pūao ward (Māori ward) or Te Hirawanui ward (general ward).

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be a New Zealand citizen, on the electoral roll (18 years or older) and nominated by two people who are also on Palmerston North’s electoral roll.

Mrs White says elected members come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of different skills and experiences to the role.

To be an effective mayor or councillor, the following skills will help:

  • Quality decision-making
  • Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Cultural awareness
  • Relationship building
  • Knowledge of local government 

Mrs White says anyone wanting to find out what it's like to be a councillor or the mayor and to learn more about the City Council’s role, come along to one of the candidate information sessions being held on 6 and 8 July.

“The first hui will be held at Te Whare Wairua Mererikiriki, Maxwells Line, on Wednesday 6 July at 6pm. The second hui will be held in the Mezzanine lounge at the Central Library on Friday 8 July at 6pm. If you’re thinking of rolling your sleeves up and standing for council, make sure you attend one of these sessions.”

The Electoral Officer will be at these sessions and will cover everything one needs to know about standing, the election process, and the dos and don’ts of campaigning. These are also set out in the Candidate Information Handbook on the Council’s website.

Those who are considering standing for Council can familiarise themselves with major projects which are underway and the current challenges Palmy is facing.

Check out key Council documents such as the 10-Year Plan, Annual Plan and also the Pre-election report, which will be released in the next few weeks. This will all help potential candidates decide whether they can represent community voices and will also help them make good decisions on their behalf if they’re elected.

During this period, nomination forms will be available from:

  • Customer Service Centre, Palmerston North City Council, 32 The Square, Palmerston North
  • by calling the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Nominations close at 12pm on Friday 12 August. Mrs White urges aspiring elected members to get their nomination forms in early and to not leave it to the last minute.