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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:32am

Thinking about standing for the Council or Malvern Community Board this year? It’s time to start planning and getting organised for the upcoming elections.

Council chief executive David Ward says Selwyn is blessed with many community-minded people who give their time generously in local clubs, sports, committees and community organisations.

“Now’s the time for these community leaders to consider using their skills in local government,” he says.

“Standing for local government is a great way for people to take the next step, and have a meaningful say on the issues that directly affect their communities.

“It’s also an excellent opportunity to develop their leadership skills.”

Mr Ward says it’s important that communities are supported by a diversity of representatives with the skills, abilities and training to respond to major community issues.

“In Selwyn especially, we face some critical decisions in the coming years about how we respond to our continuing growth – what facilities and services are important, and how we prioritise our spending to benefit the whole district.

“These are the issues that get debated around the council and community board table, and our residents want to feel confident their representatives will make the best decisions.  We also hope that with a good selection of capable and enthusiastic candidates, even more citizens will be encouraged to vote this year.”

In Selwyn, elections will be held for the mayor and 11 councillors, along with five members of the Malvern Community Board. Voters will also vote for representatives on the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) and for members to represent the Canterbury District Health Board.

Nominations for candidates open on 19 July and close on 16 August.

Voting papers will be delivered in late September and voting closes on Saturday 12 October.

Anyone considering becoming a candidate can find out more by downloading the candidate handbook from the Council website at

There will also be a candidate information evening on Thursday 4 July, at 7pm, at the Council offices in Rolleston. Anyone thinking about standing is welcome to attend.