In this article
- Who can be a candidate?
- How do I become a candidate?
- How do I get involved with a political party?
- How do I start my own political party?
- When do I get my deposit to stand as a candidate back?
- What work is available at elections?
Who can be a candidate?
To be a candidate, you must be enrolled (in any electorate) and be a New Zealand citizen.
For individual nominations you need to be nominated by two electors registered in the electorate in which you wish to stand. Bulk nominations are dealt with by party secretaries of registered parties.
How do I become a candidate?
You need to be selected and then nominated by the political party you belong to, or you can stand as an independent electorate candidate.
If you want to stand as an independent candidate, you need to be:
- a New Zealand citizen
- enrolled on the general or Māori roll
- nominated by two people who are enrolled in the electorate you wish to stand in.
If you want to stand as a candidate in a local election, contact your local council about their candidate and nomination rules.
How do I get involved with a political party?
Every party operates differently, so if you want to get involved, contact the party you’re interested in to find out how you can take part. You may be able to become a member, volunteer your time or make a donation.
How do I start my own political party?
If you are interested in starting a party, you’ll need to decide if you want to contest the party vote. If you do, you’ll need to register the party, which involves meeting a set of requirements.
If you choose not to register your party, you can still stand candidates in electorates.
When do I get my deposit to stand as a candidate back?
If you receive more than 5% of the candidate vote, you will get your deposit back after you have sent in your return of election expenses and donations.
What work is available at elections?
Running an election is a big job. Many people work hard to ensure elections go smoothly. If you are interested in getting involved, see what is available on our careers site.