Last updated: 10 May, 2022 04:41pm

Information for people standing in this year’s local elections.

Becoming a Candidate

Becoming a Carterton Councillor this year would make you a decision-maker at a crucial time for local government in our District and across New Zealand.

It is an opportunity to shape the future of Carterton for generations.

Candidate nominations open on 15 July and close at 12 noon on 12 August 2022.

Find out more about standing for Council on this page .

If you need further information, download our Prospective Candidate Information document, or contact us at

Who can be a candidate

To be a candidate for an elected member position, you must be:
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • over 18 years old
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

You must also be 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 don’t need any special qualifications. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

To be effective you will need to bring a broad range of skills to the role:

  • Decision making and strategic thinking.
  • Communication and community engagement.
  • Relationship building and collaboration.

What’s the pay like?

The salaries for 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are:

  • Mayor: $84,500
  • Deputy Mayor: $45,675
  • Councillor: $25,423

How do I sign up?

  • Complete a nomination form before 12 August 2022.
  • Get two people to nominate you – they must be over 18 and enrolled to vote in Carterton District.
  • Pay a nomination deposit of $200 – you may get a refund, depending on how many votes you receive.
  • Learn about how the council works and your roles and responsibilities if you get elected.

What candidates need to do

You should:

  • find out what is important to your local community
  • learn about Carterton’s local government structure and the role of councillors, and local board members.

You can also

Getting votes

Lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views is consistently reported as one of the main reasons people don’t vote in local elections.

To run a successful campaign, you need to let local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community.

  • Use social media channels like Facebook* and Twitter for wider reach.
  • Door knock, address public meetings and talk to the public in shopping malls or weekend markets.
  • Look for interview opportunities on the radio, local newspapers, or magazines.
  • Advertise your views in newspapers or on billboards.

​Regulations for campaigning

There are regulations around campaigning, including:

  • how much you can spend
  • how and when you can display signage.

For full details, see
The Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website.

If you intend to promote your campaign on Facebook, you will probably need to confirm your identity before advertising.

Meta, the company which owns Facebook, has required authorisation for ads about elections and politics in New Zealand since June 2020.

You will need to register with Facebook to avoid the possibility of your ads being blocked.

You can register at

There is help available there, but you can read more information about their policy at the Meta Business Help Centre, where you will also find a guide on how to register.

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