Community & Environment

Nominations open for Hamilton’s Mayor and Councillors

Candidates seeking to be Hamilton’s leaders for the next three years can now officially put their hat in the ring.

Nominations open today for Hamilton City Council’s Mayor and 12 Councillor positions.

Aspiring elected members can stand for the mayoralty, one of six Councillor seats from the East or West wards, or for Mayor and Councillor.

To stand for election, candidates must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective ward the candidate is standing for.

The Council’s Governance Lead and Deputy Electoral Officer, Becca Brooke, advises people thinking about standing to be Mayor or a Councillor to thoroughly research what the respective roles are responsible for.

“A good place to start is the Candidate Information Handbook, as well as attending Council meetings or watching them on livestream,” says Mrs Brooke.

“Those considering standing for Council should also be familiar with documents such as the, Pre-election Report, 10-Year Plan, Governance Statement and Financial Strategy. This will help them decide whether to stand, and to make good decisions on behalf of the community if they are elected.

“If you are embarking on a campaign, it’s also important to be aware of the rules around election signs, social media and how much you can spend.”

The Council has launched an elections website,, so would-be candidates and voters have easy access to all the information they need.

Official and potential candidates can also take a bus tour of the city, organised by Council staff, to understand major projects underway and the challenges ahead. Interest can be registered at

Nomination forms can be found at, the Elections Office in the Council’s Municipal Building, or by phoning 0800 922 822.

Nominations close at 12pm on Friday 16 August 2019.

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