Local body elections  |  1 Aug 2019

Whether you're standing as a candidate, or simply casting your vote, Christchurch City Council’s Pre-election Report 2019 is essential reading ahead of October’s local body elections.

Released today, the Pre-election Report 2019 pulls together public information for candidates and voters into one tidy package. It is a useful guide to the Council's finances and key issues elected members will address after the 12 October election.

"The Pre-election Report helps the people of Christchurch to have an informed debate about the issues facing our city, and what our priorities should be for the next three years," says the Council’s Acting Chief Executive Mary Richardson.

"It includes key financial measures for the last three years, and projections for the next three. It also offers an insight into big projects in our capital programme, where the Council stands on key issues like water supply, climate change, diversity and more, and how Council decision-making works.

"This report is a very useful tool for people who want to stand for election and for those who want to understand the current situation when deciding on the candidates they want to vote for.”

Nominations for the 2019 local body elections are open until noon on Friday 16 August. Fifty-four positions are available through the Christchurch City Council elections.

To stand for election, you must be a New Zealand citizen and enrolled on the Parliamentary electoral roll. You do not need to live in the area in which you wish to stand.

Nomination forms are available online. Completed forms can be dropped off in person to the Electoral Officer at the Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, emailed to nomination2019@ccc.govt.nz, or posted to The Electoral Officer, Christchurch City Council, PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154.

Voting papers will be mailed out from Friday 20 September. Voting will close at noon on Saturday 12 October.