Candidate nominations now open

Jul 19, 2019

Candidate nominations officially opened at 8.00am this morning ahead of the local body elections for Council and Wānaka Community Board later this year.

QLDC Chief Executive Mike Theelen advised that local elections are the time when residents and ratepayers can take an active role in shaping the future of the district - by becoming a potential candidate or by actively participating as a voter.

“Our elected members have a huge influence on how things are run in our district, what projects are given priorities and where investments go. So if you are passionate about making your mark and drive solutions for our community, it’s time to ask yourself whether to consider standing for election,” said Mr Theelen.

“A key trend we are seeing across Aotearoa New Zealand is a fundamental shift in who is looking to stand for local councils – younger representatives from diverse backgrounds are coming to the fore. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend that is reflected in those who are looking to stand for our district."

QLDC Electoral Officer Jane Robertson advised for those who wish to stand, you will need to be 18 years and over, a New Zealand citizen, and enrolled to vote; and your two nominators will also need to be enrolled in the ward for which you are standing.

 “To support potential candidates in determining if running is right for them, we have a range of resources available at and we will also be holding two Ask Me Anything candidate drop-in sessions in Wānaka and Queenstown,” said Ms Robertson.

The Queenstown session will be held on 22 July at Frank’s Eatery on Hawthorne Drive, while the Wānaka session will be at Beanie Café on Ardmore Street on 29 July. Both are free to attend and people can arrive at any time between 5.15pm and 6.30pm.

For those who don’t feel the life of an elected member is for them but wish to use their vote this election, the electoral roll is open for changes or new enrolments until 12.00pm on 16 August. The election will be conducted by postal vote and it is important that the electoral roll has correct details of voter names and addresses, as this is where voting papers will be delivered.  

“If you are not enrolled by this date (and you’re eligible to vote in the district) you will need to do a special vote at one of the QLDC offices,” added Ms Robertson.

Nominations and changes to the electoral roll both close at 12.00pm on 16 August ahead of the voting period which runs from 20 September until 12 October at 12.00pm.


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