Standing as a candidate

If you are interested in standing as a candidate for election to a local authority, there are restrictions around the positions you can stand for. Information on these restrictions is noted below.

Candidate Information Pack

A candidate information pack will be available online towards the middle of 2019.

Mayor of Invercargill

  • The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • The candidate must be a parliamentary elector whose name appears on a Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).
  • A candidate for Mayor may not also seek nomination for the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland).
  • A candidate may not have concerns or interest in contracts over $25,000 with the Invercargill City Council, unless the Audit Office has granted a waiver.
  • An employee of a local authority elected must resign from his/her position as an employee before taking office.
  • Those who nominate candidates must be electors on the Invercargill City Electoral Roll.

Invercargill City Council (as a Councillor)

(12 Councillors required)

  • The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • The candidate must be a parliamentary elector whose name appears on a Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).
  • A candidate for the Invercargill City Council may not also seek nomination for the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland).
  • A candidate may not have concerns or interest in contracts over $25,000 with the Invercargill City Council, unless the Audit Office has granted a waiver.
  • An employee of a local authority elected must resign from his/her position as an employee before taking office.
  • Those who nominate candidates must be electors of the Invercargill City Electoral Roll.

Bluff Community Board

(5 Board Members required)

  • The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • The candidate must be a parliamentary elector whose name appears on a Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).
  • A candidate for the Bluff Community Board may not also seek nomination for the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland).
  • A candidate may not have concerns or interest in contracts over $25,000 with the Bluff Community Board unless the Audit Office has granted a waiver.
  • Those who nominate candidates must be electors of the Bluff Community Board district.

Invercargill Licensing Trust

(6 Board Members required)

  • The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • The candidate must be a parliamentary elector.
  • The candidate must be a residential elector in the Invercargill Licensing Trust district.
  • The candidate must not be disqualified for any of the reasons under Section 200 of the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
  • Those who nominate candidates must be electors of the Invercargill Licensing Trust district.

Nominations for Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland)

(6 Councillors to represent the Invercargill-Rakiura Constituency)

  • The candidate must be a New Zealand citizen.
  • The candidate must be a parliamentary elector whose name appears on a Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).
  • A candidate for the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland) may not also seek nomination for Mayor and/or Councillor of Invercargill or Board Member of Bluff Community Board.
  • A candidate may not have concerns or interest in contracts over $25,000 with the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland) unless the Audit Office has granted a waiver.
  • Those who nominate candidates must be electors in the Invercargill-Rakiura constituency of the Southland Regional Council (Environment Southland).

Southern District Health Board

In 2016 the Southern District Health Board elections were postponed until 2019  as a result of the Government’s announcement to extend the term of the current Commissioner and team.  Information about the 2019 elections will be provided in due course.

Enrolling to vote

You need to be enrolled on either the residential roll OR on the ratepayer electoral roll (people who do not live in Invercargill but own property).

Visit Page

Standing as a candidate

If you are interested in standing as a local authority , there are restrictions on the positions you can stand for.

Visit Page

Candidate Preparation Videos

Standing for local government | What do you need to be an elected member? | How councils work | Nomination requirements | Your first days as an elected member Thinking about standing for local government? Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The […]

Visit Page

Election protocols

Election protocols for elected members – PDF Election protocols for ICC officers – PDF Local government elections are held every three years. In 2019, the elections will be held on Saturday 12 October. The period leading up to an election is a time of increased interest and attention on Invercargill City Council officers, particularly in […]

Visit Page