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Who wants to step up?

9 August 2013

Who wants to step up?

Local Government New Zealand, the peak body representing local authorities around New Zealand, says councils play a vital role in our democratic system of government and urges anyone considering standing in the up-coming council elections to make a decision soon and submit their nomination immediately if they decide to run.

“As the sphere of government closest to the people, councils have a unique place in the leadership and governance of New Zealand,” says LGNZ’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Alexander.

“Democracy requires the active participation of citizens if it is to work well. Elections provide a unique opportunity for people to contribute to the economic success and vibrancy of their communities.”

There are nearly 2000 elected posts to fill on councils, community boards and local boards. These range from positions on community boards, which average about 18 hours a week, to being a member of Auckland Council, which is largely full time.

Candidate nominations for local, regional and unitary councils close at midday next Friday, 16 August.

For further information visit www.elections.org.nz or contact the electoral officer at your council.


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