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Information for candidates | Ngā whakamārama mō ngā kaitono

On this page, you will find information regarding:

Candidate Information Sessions

Two candidate information sessions will be held for potential candidates to attend. The items covered will include how the Council is structured, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, the skills required, anticipated time commitments and meeting schedules, and an overview of the nomination and election process. You will also hear from past Councillors about life as an elected member.

The details for these sessions are:

  • Thursday 7 July 2022 at 5:30 pm in the Helen Smith Room at Pātaka (Corner Norrie and Parumoana Streets)
  • Saturday 23 July 2022 at 10:30 am in the Helen Smith Room at Pātaka (Corner Norrie and Parumoana Streets)

If you require New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpretation, please let us know via email:

Key Election Dates | Ngā rā mātua

Elect dates stand

Roles you can stand for

Mayor of Porirua City

The Mayor of Porirua City is elected by the whole of the City.


There are ten Councillors, who are elected based on different areas of the city, or electoral rolls.

One Councillor in the Parirua Māori Ward

Elected by those on the Māori electoral roll, across the City.

The preliminary total number of electors in the Parirua Māori Ward is 4,612.

Five Councillors in the Onepoto General Ward

Elected by people living in Mana Island, Titahi Bay, Takapūwāhia, Elsdon, Kenepuru, Porirua City Centre, Ranui, Cannons Creek, Aotea, Waitangirua, Ascot Park.

The preliminary total number of electors in the Onepoto General Ward is 20,591.

Four Councillors in the Pāuatahanui General Ward

Elected by people living in Pukerua Bay, Paekākāriki Hill, Judgeford, Plimmerton, Hongoeka, Cambourne, Paremata, Whitby, Pāuatahanui, Papakōwhai.

The preliminary total number of electors in the Pāuatahanui General Ward is 16,903.

Map of the General Wards:

A map of the general wards can be found here.

Plans of Wards and Shapefiles

Detailed ward plans and shapefiles of the three wards will be available by the end of June 2022. These will be added here when available.

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Two Councillors from the Porirua-Tawa Constituency. This Constituency covers Porirua City and the Wellington City suburbs of Tawa, Takapū Valley and Grenada North.

Please visit the Greater Wellington website for more information.

Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

One member from Porirua City. For more information, please visit the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust Website.

How to Stand | Me pēhea e tū ai

Stand for Porirua City in the local elections to help shape your city, work with your community, and represent its residents. The Council is governed by 11 elected members who represent the city’s residents and ratepayers. Every three years, voters from the City’s three wards elect 10 councillors. The Mayor is elected by the whole city.

The Wards for 2022 are different from previous elections, as a result of the representation review that was undertaken last year.

Are you eligible to stand? 

You can stand for Council if you are a New Zealand citizen, aged over 18, and enrolled to vote. 

What you need to do 

Complete and submit a nomination form. Forms will be available here during the nomination period between 15 July 2022 and 12 noon 12 August 2022.  

You must be nominated by two people whose names appear on the electoral roll within the area you are standing in. You don’t need to live in the area that you are standing for (you will need to declare this on the nomination form which is publicly available).  

If you’re standing in Parirua Māori Ward, you will need to be nominated by two people who are on the Māori roll and live in Porirua City. You don’t need to be of Māori descent or on the Māori roll to stand in the Māori ward. 

There is a deposit of $200 including GST to lodge a nomination for each position you are standing for. The funds must be paid at the same time your nomination is lodged. If you receive more than 25% of the votes of the lowest polling successful candidate in your election, then you will get this deposit back.

When you lodge your nomination you can optionally provide a recent photo and 150-word candidate profile statement that will be sent out with voting papers. 

Other important information to note:

  • You cannot stand for election to both the Porirua City Council (as Mayor or Councillor) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council. 
  • You cannot stand for election to more than one ward or constituency of the same authority. This includes the new Parirua Māori Ward.
  • You cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the Council. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General. 
  • If you work at Porirua City Council and are considering standing for election, you might be required to take leave of absence.  
  • If you work at Porirua City Council and are elected as the Mayor or a Councillor, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member.
  • If you wish to stand for the Greater Wellington Regional Council, your nomination form must be returned to the Greater Wellington Electoral Officer. More information is available on their website.
  • If you wish to stand for the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust, your nomination form must be returned to the Hutt City Council electoral office at 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt or by email to 
  • If you wish to list an affiliation to a specific party, you will require authorisation to adopt the affiliation from the party concerned. Affiliation with a political party is not required to stand. 
  • Council is responsible for promoting the elections, and not individual candidates.

Single Transferable Vote system in Porirua

Gavin Beattie (formerly of the Local Government Commission has written an article on the the functioning of STV in Porirua City.

Further information on standing and elections can be found in our frequently asked questions document, and our factsheet on the 2022 local elections.

Resources to help you stand:

LGNZ Webinar

Local Government New Zealand have published the first webinar in their "Make a Stand" series. This webinar is on building your campaign and social media skills.

Victoria University Webinar on Local Government Elections

Victoria University of Wellington | Te Herenga Waka is offering a two hour webinar on local government elections for prospective candidates on 30 June 2022 between 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Victoria University has provideda more information on this webinar. To join this webinar, click this link.

Single Transferable Vote system in Porirua

Gavin Beattie (formerly of the Local Government Commission has written an article on the the functioning of STV in Porirua City.

Candidate Information Handbook

The 2022 Candidate Information Handbook is now available to download.

Nomination forms

Nomination forms will be available here during the nomination period between 15 July 2022 and 12 noon 12 August 2022.  

Porirua City Pre-election Report 2022

The pre-election report will be available from this website in late July 2022.

Candidate Questions and Answers

You can view questions asked by candidates, and answers provided be Council here.

Elected member pay | Te utu ki ngā mema pōti

Elected members are entitled to be paid for the work undertaken. This remuneration is generally by way of a base salary.

A remuneration pool is set by the Remuneration Authority. The newly elected Council will decide how to apply the pool of funding. Some expenses are also reimbursed.

The pool is more than the minimum amount that can be paid to each Councillor, so the Council must then decide how to allocate the rest of the money between elected members. The Remuneration Authority also directly sets the pay of the mayor.

Following the 2022 local elections, the remuneration of the Mayor will be set at $151,954. The pool available to be split between Councillors will be $593,234.

The minimum remuneration for a Councillor is set at $42,136. This will leave $171,874 to be allocated to elected members by the Council following the election. The Council must allocate all of the pool. Elected members are required to accept the allocated remuneration.


The remuneration for the Mayor following the 2022 local elections will be $151,954.


Minimum pay following the 2022 local elections: $42,136.

Current pay for councillors with no additional responsibilities: $51,564.

Councillors with additional responsibilities are currently paid at the following rates:

Deputy Mayor: $72,662

Chair Te Puna Kōrero: $69,826

Chair Chief Executive’s Employment Committee: $56,195

Access to Electoral Rolls and Data | Te toro atu ki ngā rārangi pōti me ngā raraunga

  • If you wish to obtain a hard copy of the 2019 marked roll (this shows if a person has voted or not) this can be purchased through the Democratic Services at Porirua City Council at any time for $75.00. Please email for more information.
  • The Electoral Commission does not permit Electoral Officers (or councils) to provide any person with an electronic copy of the electoral roll – marked (shows who has voted) or unmarked.
  • You can apply to the Electoral Commission for a copy of the elector data in electronic form. The Commission will not provide you with a marked roll either electronically or in hard copy form, as this information is generated from the roll scrutiny process Council’s service provider undertakes. If you require a copy of the elector data an application form is required to be completed. These are available upon request from the Electoral Commission (

Electoral Roles and Data During the 2022 Local Government Election

Election Signage | Ngā tohu pōtitanga

Election signs are referenced in the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Council’s election signs policy – which must be complied with.

Local Electoral Act 2001

All election material, including signs and hoardings, must show an authorisation statement (name and physical address of the candidate or the candidate’s agent). Not to do so is an electoral offence. Refer section 113 Local Electoral Act 2001.

Council’s election signs policy


You can apply for a permit to place election signs on public sites listed in the Signs Bylaw 2020, completing the form, or by emailing the following info to us:

  • Candidate Name:
  • Address:
  • Contact number for candidate:
  • Email address:
  • Name and contact number of any nominated contact person (if applicable):
  • Number of signs required:
  • Sign dimensions:
  • Construction details:
  • Method of erection and/or display:
  • Additional info:
  • Attached Photo, copy or sketch of the sign which shows the exact wording:
  • Approved site required:

Note: a permit is not required for signs placed on private land, but we can help check if your sign complies with our Bylaw (including that it is more than 50 m away from any intersection).

For standard sized signs no fee is payable. Where a building or resource management consent has to be obtained, a fee may be incurred.


The maximum permitted face surface area of any sign is 3 m2. (approximately1700 mm x 1700 mm).

The maximum height of any free-standing sign is 1.8 m above ground level.


Signs can only be installed on Council approved public sites.

Signs advertising a candidate standing for election to a ward position may be displayed within the boundaries of that ward only in approved locations, including private property.

Signs advertising a candidate who is standing for a position other than a ward position (i.e., candidate for mayoralty, Wellington Regional Council etc.) may be displayed throughout the city in approved locations, including private property.

Only one single-faced sign per candidate is permitted at any approved public site (no ‘V’ signs).

A person must not display any signage on or connected to a vehicle (vehicle includes any car, truck, bus, van, tractor, trailer, bicycle, motorcycle and any other device similar in appearance or description to those vehicles) that is parked on a road or a public place, if the FAQs – Porirua City Council elections, 8 October 2022 principal function of the vehicle is to display advertising.

Additional restrictions apply to the display of signs on or facing any state highway. In these cases additional approval from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency may be required.


The maximum period of time during which a sign, poster or placard may be displayed is nine weeks leading up to the date of the election i.e. from 12.00 am, Saturday 6 August 2022. The removal of all signs, posters and placards is by 12.00 midnight on the day immediately preceding election day (7 October 2022). Further information

Further information relating to Council's signs Bylaw

A list of approved sights can be found here

Signs on Waka Kotahi land

If you wish to place signs on Waka Kotahi land, you must comply with NZTA bylaws, specifically the New Zealand Transport Agency (Signs on State Highways) Bylaw 2010. This Bylaw states that signs must comply with the following:


All signs proposed to be placed on Waka Kotahi land must be approved by Waka Kotahi. Consent can be obtained via emailing:

Note: this Bylaw does not cover signs placed on private land, alongside state highways. These are covered by the Porirua City Council District Plan, and Signs Bylaw detailed above.