Have you ever thought about running for Council, or even Mayor, but been unsure where to start?

What do you stand for?

Nominations to stand for election open on Friday 15 July 2022 and close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August 2022. If you are considering running, now is the time to ensure you fully understand the election process and what the role of an elected representative includes.

Local elections take place on October 8, and we encourage everyone to consider what you would stand for.

Do you see changes that could be made to improve our city? Could you be a voice for underrepresented members of the community? Do you have knowledge or skills that could help guide Nelson through decisions both big and small?

We have put together some resources to help you. Check out our FAQ's below, or for some inspiration, watch our video of former Nelson City councillors, Ali Boswijk, Hilary Mitchell and Gail Collingwood talking about their experiences of being an elected member.

Why Stand: former Nelson councillors on running for election

Standing for election: former Nelson councillors on their favourite memories

Standing for election? Former councillors offer their best advice

What's stopping you?

Every election cycle, councils in New Zealand are asked to help increase democratic participation of traditionally under-represented groups. Through our Shape Nelson survey, we've been asking Nelsonians to share their stories about what barriers people in our community face in enrolling, making an informed vote, and standing for Council.

If you want to provide us with your story or ideas, you can fill in the survey at: shape.nelson.govt.nz/local-election-2022-diversity-and-participation. Feel free to leave your contact details, but you can also fill in the form anonymously.

What do you stand for?


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What do you stand for?