Thinking of Standing for Election

27 June 2016

Are you thinking of standing for election to New Plymouth District Council or one of its community boards?

 Or perhaps it’s an idea you’re considering but you haven’t decided yet?

This week is Candidates Week, when councils around the country distribute information about what being an elected member entails, financial information about the local council and data on challenges facing the local district.

As well, New Plymouth District Council is launching a video on Wednesday (29 JUNE) to encourage people to stand for election, featuring the recurring fictional ratepayer Reg.

“Reg is popular among locals and the videos are a fun way to get information across – and between the video and the candidates’ information pack, we can reach a wide range of people,” says Group Manager Strategy Liam Hodgetts.

“Our goals are to encourage more people to stand for election, and to help candidates be more prepared for the role they’d be taking on.”

The candidates’ information pack includes the pre-election report, an introductory document for those thinking of helping to shape our future by standing for election, and the candidate information handbook for those who decide to take the next step by standing for election.

The pack will be available from Wednesday from the Civic Centre and all service centres and libraries, and online at

Nominations for Mayor, Councillors and community board members open on 15 July and close at noon on 12 August.

  • A candidate information meeting will be held in the Civic Centre from 3pm to 5pm on Saturday 23 July. The meeting is for candidates considering standing for New Plymouth District Council, the Taranaki District Health Board or the New Plymouth District constituencies for Taranaki Regional Council.