More than 30 candidates to battle it out in the Palmy election

Published on 12 August 2022

Picture shows a set of table and chair in the council chamber, with a flag of Palmerston North on the table

The race is now on to elect the next political leaders of Palmy. Nominations to stand as councillor or mayor for Palmerston North City Council closed at 12pm today with at least 30 candidates in the running for a seat at the decision-making table.

Democracy and Governance Manager, Hannah White, says the candidates reflect our diverse communities here in Palmy.

"It's great to see that so many people from various backgrounds and walks of life have put their hand up to be involved, to advocate and to lead our city.”

Mrs White encourages people to get involved and find out about who is running and what they stand for. The candidates can be found on our website and the Electoral Office will be confirming the final list in the coming days.

“Now that we know who our candidates are, we want you to be able to talk with them and share what matters to you. Go along to events, keep an eye out on social media and make an effort to reach out to the candidates.”

Community groups and organisations are encouraged to hold events where people can hear from the candidates and connect with them. Several of which are already planned for the coming weeks, says Mrs White.

“Our website has all of the information on how you can hold and host a candidate meeting, and it will also have the contact details of each candidate so you can invite them along.”

Details of the candidate meetings which have already been organised and confirmed will be published on our website early next week.

Mrs White points people towards the recently released Pre-election Report which is also found on our website.

“The Pre-election Report is a must-read for both candidates and voters. It outlines the key issues facing the city and its purpose is to promote public discussion and informed debate in the lead-up to the election.”

“If you haven’t yet enrolled, or if you forgot to update your residential details, you’ll need to contact the Electoral Commission (0800 36 76 56) or check your details online ( or come see us in person. You’ll have to head down to our Customer Service Centre during opening hours between 16 September and 8 October to cast a special vote,” says Mrs White.

Voting documents will begin to be posted out to those on the electoral roll on Friday 16 September, with voting closing at 12pm on Saturday 8 October.

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