Stand as a candidate

Find out what you need to know about standing for election for the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury).

In order to stand for election, a candidate must:

  • be a New Zealand Citizen and be enrolled on a parliamentary electoral roll within New Zealand,
  • be nominated by two electors enrolled in the constituency that the candidate is standing in. A candidate cannot nominate themselves,
  • pay a $200 nomination deposit.

You cannot stand for both a regional council and a local council or community board position in the same region.

2022 Pre-election Report

Our 2022 pre-election report (PDF file, 1.9MB) provides candidates with information about Environment Canterbury’s work and financial position. Along with details about the region and how local government works, it highlights the opportunities ahead and the issues we’re facing as a regional council.

2022 Candidate Handbook

The 2022 Candidate Handbook (PDF file, 2.72MB) has all the information candidates need to know about standing for council.

A candidate information evening was held on 11 July, covering what is expected of the role of Councillor and the process for standing. If you require further information, you can contact Electoral Officer Anthony Morton by phone on 0800 666 048 or email our elections team at elections@ecan.govt.nz.

Nomination process

Nominations are now open, as of Friday 15 July. Nominations are required to be made on the official nomination form (PDF file, 180.5KB) and must be with the electoral officer by 12 noon on Friday 12 August.

Candidates are required to pay a $200 nomination deposit and provide evidence of New Zealand Citizenship. Candidates can also provide a 150-word profile and a photo, which will be provided to voters with voting documents.

It is recommended you lodge nominations to allow sufficient time for checking and any corrections if necessary prior to the deadline of Friday 12 August at 12 noon.

More information

Campaign material and advertising

Candidates can start campaigning at any time. Campaigning is at your cost, and you must record and declare any money you spend on your campaign or donations you receive.

All election advertising, including all online platforms and social media posts, must identify the person under whose authority they have been produced. There must be a reasonable expectation that anyone wishing to discuss the advertising can do so with the candidate or their agent from the contact details listed in the authorisation statement.

The authorisation statement must include the person's name and contact details, either:

  • residential or business address
  • email address, post office box
  • phone number, or
  • link to a website with the person's contact details.

Note: The use of a council building address is not permitted in the authorisation address.

Election offences are set out in the Local Electoral Act 2001. To avoid committing an offence, please ensure you understand what is required of you.

You should also check if your city or district council has any rules about the placement of advertising material.

Use of Council resources

Candidates are not permitted to use Council resources for campaigning purposes. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Council-owned or controlled property and other resources including the Council logo and branding
  • all Council marketing and communication channels (including social media)
  • Council-supplied business cards, stationery, computers, email, mobile phones, addresses, photocopiers
  • Council venues (other than those available for hire to the general public)
  • Council funds
  • the people employed by the Council.

This applies to either sitting members or other candidates in any context that could reasonably be construed as campaigning for elections.

Environment Canterbury social media guidelines

Candidates must comply with the following guidelines for social media use and presence related to campaigning:

Things to be aware of:

  • Election advertising, using any media, including social media, must identify the person under whose authority they have been produced, as per sections 113-115 of the Local Electoral Act 2001. This means any campaigning material in your profile photo/bio, you must have a statement saying that all content/images including on your social media channel are authorised by you or your agent. You must include a physical address in the authorisation statement.
  • The Council’s social media accounts, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Neighbourly, are not permitted to be used as a communications channel by anyone (candidates or members of the public) for promotion, electioneering or campaigning. 
  • The Council’s social media accounts are constantly monitored, and any campaign-related or electioneering content will be removed immediately.
  • If Council already follows your public social media accounts, please note you will be unfollowed 3 months prior to the election date. This protocol is in line with the Local Electoral Act 2001.
  • Any social media post - positive or negative - made by any individual specifically relating to their own - or someone else’s - nomination, intention to run for Council, or election campaign, will be removed immediately.
  • Candidates cannot reply to the Council’s social media posts or share with a comment encouraging people to like or follow their own social media accounts or any other electioneering tool. Any posts that do this will be removed immediately.
  • Candidates must not link their own social media accounts (if they are used for campaigning purposes) to the Council’s social media accounts.
  • Candidates cannot rate, review, check-in or tag the Council’s social media channels.
  • The Council’s social media accounts will remain neutral. Council will promote elections and the importance of voting but will not associate these posts with any candidates.