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Last modified: 12 Jul 2022 12:03pm

Local elections vote 2022

Nominations for the 2022 local elections open this Friday – and anyone wanting to make a difference in their community is encouraged to stand.

In Selwyn, elections will be held for the mayor and 10 councillors, along with five members of the Malvern Community Board. Nominations are open from Friday until 12 noon on Friday 12 August, says Council’s deputy electoral officer Stephen Hill.

“This is a chance for passionate local leaders to take a stand,” Mr Hill says. “Local democracy is vitally important for our community – it’s how we ensure everyone’s voice is heard and we have the best opportunity for good local decision making.

“As a councillor or community board member, people have a chance to make a tangible difference, and contribute to decisions that shape how their community will look in the future.

“It’s important we have elected members of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds so that our Council represents the diversity of our community – and now’s the time for anyone considering standing to take that step.”

Nomination forms for mayor, councillors and community board members can be downloaded now from the Council website at, or picked up from the Council offices or service centres.

Anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election if they are a New Zealand citizen and on the electoral roll. Nomination forms must be signed by two people who are enrolled as electors in the ward or subdivision that the person is nominated for.

Mr Hill says potential candidates should aim to get their nominations completed as early as possible.

“Getting nomination forms in early means we have plenty of time to check that everything is in order and all the documentation is completed in time.”

A candidate handbook, with detailed information on the election process, nominations and campaigning rules is also available from the Council or online.

The Council's elections web page will provide a list of candidate nominations, which will be updated as nominations are confirmed.

The electoral roll for Selwyn - listing those who are enrolled to vote in the district - will be available for inspection at Council offices and service centres over the next four weeks. To enrol, check or update enrolment details, residents can go online to, call 0800 36 76 56, email or visit any NZ Postshop.

The local government election is held by postal voting. Voting papers will be posted out to enrolled voters from 16 September, and voting closes on Saturday 8 October.