Local Government Elections 2016 - nominations are open

Are you interested in serving your community as an elected representative?

Nominations for this year’s local body elections are now open, with the nominating period running until noon Friday August 12.

Voting documents will be despatched to the community from Friday September 16, with voting closing at noon on Saturday October 8.

Progress results will be available as soon as is practical after voting closes, with the final results declared between October 13 and 23.

Not sure what is required of a councillor or community board member?

No problem.

Stop by any of the three Council Service Centres and pick up the 2016 Local Government Elections Candidate Handbook.

It’s a free guide which will provide you with all of the information you’ll need to know in preparation for standing in the elections, and serving the Waimakariri community.

Elections will be held for the three wards within the Waimakariri District: Kaiapoi-Woodend (4 councillors), Oxford-Ohoka (2) and Rangiora-Ashley (4).

In addition, elections will be held for the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi (5), Woodend-Sefton (5), Oxford-Ohoka (6) and Rangiora-Ashley (8) Community Boards.

The guide will be available at the special Candidate Information evening that will be held in the Council chambers, 215 High Street in Rangiora Council Chambers, at 7pm on Tuesday evening.

Items covered on the night will include how the Council is structured, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, the skills required, anticipated time commitments and meeting schedules, as well as an overview of the nomination and election process.

If you are interested, and available, come along and hear what it is all about.

For further information, including nominations forms, follow the link to our dedicated local government 2016 election site - http://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/your-council/local-body-elections