Stand! Lead your city


These elections will decide who leads your neighbourhood through an exciting and important time that will help define our city’s future.

Our communities deserve the best people who will make the right decisions in the interests of Hamilton and Hamiltonians.

Hamilton's unprecedented growth is seeing almost 40 new residents move here every week. This creates opportunities but also poses challenges, both of which require creative thinkers, strong decision makers and community-minded individuals with a vision for our city in 30, 40 and 50 years’ time.

If this sounds like you, put your hand up to stand and lead your city!

Want to know a bit more first? Check out the 2019 Candidate Booklet or LGNZ Candidate Guide.

The more you know about what Council does, the better your chance of a successful campaign. Understanding these documents will help you hit the ground running:

10-Year Plan

2018/19 Annual Plan

Financial Strategy

Infrastructure Strategy

Governance Statement

2017/18 Annual Report


Nominations for the Elected Member positions are open now and close at noon, Friday 16 August 2019.

Complete your nomination:

To stand for election, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective ward that you are standing for.

Campaign Guidelines and Guidance

If elected as the Mayor or a Councillor, you’ll be responsible for making rules such as by-laws. But first, there’s some rules you need to follow during your campaign. These relate to election signs, social media, and how much you can spend. Click on the links for information to make sure you stay within the rules.

The key thing you should know though, is that we’re here to help as much as we can. Please get in touch with Dale or Becca (details below) if you have any questions. They’re available by email, phone or to meet in person to provide the information you need to make the decision to stand for Council. 

Key Contacts

Electoral Officer

Dale Ofsoske, Election Services
PO Box 5135, Wesley Street
Auckland 1141
09 973 5212

Deputy Electoral Officer

Becca Brooke (Elections Manager)
07 838 6439