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Last modified: 14 Jun 2022 11:59am

local elections

Anyone who’s thought about taking a stand to have a say in the future of Selwyn can find out more about standing to be a community board member, a councillor or even the mayor.

The Council will be holding four workshops between 28 June and 5 July for prospective candidates in this year’s local government elections.

“This is an opportunity for people interested in standing in the 2022 elections to learn more about the nomination and election processes and the roles of councils and elected members. It’s also a chance to have any questions answered,” says Council Chief Executive David Ward.

Candidate workshops will be held from 7-8.30pm at the following dates and locations:
* Tuesday 28 June – West Melton Community and Recreation Centre
* Wednesday 29 June – Darfield Recreation Centre
* Thursday 30 June – Council offices, Rolleston
* Tuesday 5 July – Leeston Library.

“We are encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in the local community to take a stand. Local government and local democracy are fundamental to our community and we need a range of elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to represent the diversity of our community.”

Anyone aged over 18 can stand for election as long as they are a New Zealand citizen, enrolled on the Selwyn electoral roll and nominated by two people over the age of 18 who are also enrolled to vote in the area the candidate is planning to stand.
In the 2022 local elections 10 councillors will be elected across four wards – Ellesmere (2), Malvern (2), Rolleston (3) and Springs (3).

Five community board members will be elected to the Malvern Community Board, in three subdivisions – Hawkins (2), Tawera (1) and West Melton (2). The Mayor is elected ‘at large’ across the district.

The election is held by postal vote, opening on Friday 16 September and closing at midday on Saturday 8 October.

Nominations for candidates open on 15 July 2022 and close at 12 noon on 12 August 2022.

Find more information on the local elections or contact Selwyn’s electoral officer.