Information for Candidates

Are you running for Council or the Wānaka Community Board? Below is some information to help you navigate the next few weeks successfully.  

Election Campaign

Election campaigning can continue up to and including election day. The exception is that all electioneering signage must be removed by the beginning of election day (12 October 2019). To be on the safe side we recommend removing it by the end of the day on 11 October.

Please ensure that all election advertising, using any media, identifies the person under whose authority it has been produced.

The Election Signs policy can be found here:

The following ‘meet the candidate’ meetings are taking place. Please note that it is not a responsibility of the QLDC to manage or organise such meetings. However, anyone organising a candidates’ meeting is most welcome to advise the Electoral Officer of the details so that it can be included in this list.

Date Hosted By Time and Location
8 September 2019 Hāwea Community Association 3.00-5.00pm Lake Hāwea Community Centre
12 September 2019 Queenstown Chamber of Commerce 5.30-8.00pm Queenstown Memorial Centre
15 September 2019 Kingston Community Association 10.30am Kingston Golf Club/Community Centre
17 September 2019 Kelvin Peninsula Community Association 7.30pm Queenstown Golf Club
18 September 2019 Frankton Community Association 7.30pm St Margaret's Hall
23 September 2019 Wānaka Chamber of Commerce 5.00pm Lake Wānaka Centre


What happens on Election Day?

Election Day is Saturday 12 October and because of early processing of voting papers, a progress result (with 98% of voting papers counted) will be available by about 1.00pm.

Upon receipt of the progress result from our election contactors, the Electoral Officer and Chief Executive will telephone all candidates to advise them personally of these results.

Once all candidates have been advised of the progress result, it will be circulated publicly via the QLDC website. This should occur by 2.00pm on 12 October.

What is the difference between this and the final result?

The final result will include votes submitted in person on 12 October as well as special votes and will represent about 500 votes. Unless a result is very close, it should not change the outcome of what was reported on 12 October.

The final election result is publicly advertised and this is known as the ‘official result’. It is anticipated that this public notice will occur on Thursday, 17 October 2019.

It’s Monday morning after the election, what should/ can I do?

The Local Electoral Act 2001 sets out when elected members leave and take office:

Every member of a local authority or local board or community board, unless vacating office sooner, vacates office,—
(a) in a case where the member’s office is the subject of an election, when the members elected at the next election come into office:

A candidate who is declared to be elected comes into office on the day after the day on which the official result of the election is declared by public notice.

Note however, that no-one may act until they have made the declaration at the first meeting of the Council or Wānaka Community Board. This is discussed further below.

Whoever is elected Mayor will meet with the Chief Executive on the Monday after the election to discuss the new Council. The Mayor will meet individually with all Councillors on Wednesday, 16 October.

Are there any election-related matters that I need to attend to?

Everyone who stood for election is required by law to lodge a return of expenses. Click here to download the return of expenses form. This sets out what the candidate has spent on his or her campaign and identifies any donations greater than $1,500. It must be submitted within 55 days of the official result public notice. If this occurs on 17 October, the return will be due by 11 December 2019.

What support and/or information will I receive?

Newly elected members will attend elected member induction offered by Local Government New Zealand in Invercargill in late November.

All elected members will receive a handbook and information pack which contains general information about being an elected member such as technology and technological support provided, conflict of interest, tax and salary arrangements, and parking.

You will need to work around your other priorities, commitments and work. You will have time dedicated to formalities like attending meetings (i.e. Council, committee, community boards), attending workshops and familiarising yourself with agendas and reports. Successful candidates will be busy in the months following the election, and it is recommended that candidates have a think about what their plans are for the last few months of 2019.

When will the first meeting take place and what happens at it?

We are planning that that first Council meeting following the election will take place at 3.00pm on Thursday, 24 October 2019 at the Lake Hayes Pavilion. This meeting is held in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act which states that the following things have to occur:

The business that must be conducted at the meeting must include—
(a) the making and attesting of the declarations required of the mayor (if any) and members under clause 14; and
(b) the election of the chairperson (if any) and the making and attesting of the declaration required of the chairperson under clause 14; and
(c) a general explanation, given or arranged by the chief executive, of—
      (i) the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987; and
      (ii)other laws affecting members, including—
           (A) the appropriate provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act                 1968; and
           (B) sections 99, 105, and 105A of the Crimes Act 1961; and
           (C) the Secret Commissions Act 1910; and
           (D) the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013; and
(d) the fixing of the date and time of the first meeting of the local authority, or the adoption of a schedule of meetings; and
(e) the election of the deputy mayor or deputy chairperson in accordance with clause 17.

The form of the declaration must consist of the following elements:

Declaration by mayor or chairperson or member

I, [full name], declare that I will faithfully and impartially, and according to the best of my skill and judgment, execute and perform, in the best interests of [region or district], the powers, authorities, and duties vested in, or imposed upon, me as [mayor or chairperson or member] of the [local authority] by virtue of the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, or any other Act
Dated at: [place, date]
Signed in the presence of:
Name of mayor or chief executive of local authority.

The first meeting will include a pōwhiri followed by the business set out by the Local Government Act. This first meeting will take about 30 minutes and we use it as an opportunity to take official photographs of the full Council and each member individually. We also aim to provide a sense of occasion and celebration and members’ families are encouraged to attend and may photograph and film as they wish.

The first Wānaka Community Board meeting will take place about a week after the first Council meeting and it has a very similar format and content.

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