Can­di­dates urged to come forward early

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Lo­cal Govern­ment New Zealand (LGNZ) is en­cour­ag­ing pas­sion­ate lead­ers to get ahead of the game and start thinking about run­ning for their up­com­ing lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions now.

‘‘Stand­ing for lo­cal coun­cil is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have their say about the is­sues that af­fect their com­mu­nity di­rectly and de­velop their lead­er­ship skills,’’ LGNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Alexan­der said.

‘‘While candidate nom­i­na­tions open from 15 July 2016, we want po­ten­tial can­di­dates to start thinking about their fu­ture in lo­cal govern­ment now, so they have all the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion they need ahead of the elec­tion,’’ he said.

Alexan­der said en­sur­ing elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives had the abil­i­ties, di­ver­sity of skills and train­ing to re­spond to ma­jor com­mu­nity is­sues was an im­por­tant part of a suc­cess­ful elec­tion process.

‘‘Pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ties with a choice of can­di­dates that they feel con­fi­dent will make the best de­ci­sions for their area is vi­tal.

‘‘We also hope that a pool of com­pe­tent and pas­sion­ate can­di­dates will drive even more cit­i­zens to vote this year.’’ LGNZ re­cently an­nounced the launch of Vote2016 cam­paign, which aims to lift na­tion­wide voter turnout in lo­cal elec­tions to more than 50 per cent – a first since the 1980s.

The na­tional Vote2016 cam­paign will show­case the value lo­cal govern­ment pro­vides to com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, with a strong fo­cus on in­spir­ing more New Zealan­ders to vote, and build­ing a pool of skilled can­di­dates to stand in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Sig­nif­i­cant sup­port, in­clud­ing gov­er­nance train­ing and guid­ance through LGNZ’S Equip pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, is pro­vided for newly elected mem­bers, and en­sures a con­sis­tent level of ca­pa­bil­ity across the sec­tor.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about stand­ing as a lo­cal coun­cil elec­tion candidate are en­cour­aged to con­tact their lo­cal coun­cil’s elec­toral of­fi­cer or visit

‘‘We have an in­cred­i­ble pool of tal­ent in New Zealand – ded­i­cated Ki­wis who are al­ready be­com­ing lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties.’’

‘‘Stand­ing for their lo­cal coun­cil is a great way to step up and have real in­flu­ence over the key is­sues af­fect­ing their fam­i­lies, friends and com­mu­ni­ties, and we en­cour­age them to come forward now.’’

LGNZ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Alexan­der.

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