Information for Christchurch Mayoral, City Council and Community Board candidates in the local elections.

2022 local elections

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The full 2022 candidate information booklet and nomination forms will be available in early July 2022.

There's a lot of useful information from Local Government New Zealand(external link), including tips and advice on campaigning.

If you have any questions, please contact Electoral Officer Jo Daly on 03 941 8581 or 027 236 9052 or at

2019 local elections

We’ll be looking for a Mayor, 16 Councillors and 37 members for our six community boards.


  • Mayor of Christchurch City Council. 


Sixteen councillors – one councillor from each of the following wards:

  • Banks Peninsula Ward
  • Burwood Ward
  • Cashmere Ward
  • Central Ward
  • Coastal Ward
  • Fendalton Ward
  • Halswell Ward
  • Harewood Ward
  • Heathcote Ward
  • Hornby Ward
  • Innes Ward
  • Linwood Ward
  • Papanui Ward
  • Riccarton Ward
  • Spreydon Ward
  • Waimairi Ward

Community Boards

Members for six Community Boards – elected by the voters from each ward or subdivision:

Community Board Ward or subdivision Elected members
Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula Community Board

Akaroa subdivision 2
Lyttelton subdivision 2
Mt Herbert subdivision 2
Wairewa subdivision 1
Waitai Coastal-Burwood-Linwood Community Board

Burwood ward 2
Coastal ward 2
Linwood ward 2
Waimāero Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board
Fendalton ward 2
Harewood ward 2
Waimairi ward 2
Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board Halswell ward 2
Hornby ward 2
Riccarton ward 2
Waipapa Papanui-Innes-Central Community Board Central ward 2
Innes ward 2
Papanui ward 2
Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board Cashmere ward 2
Heathcote ward 2
Spreydon ward 2

Councillors elected from each ward are appointed to the community board for their ward.

For 2022 there are some changes to ward boundaries and the make-up of our community boards. Read more.(external link)

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have 16 wards and seven community boards, each representing a different areas around the city.

Our 2021 representation review has meant Christchurch's ward and community board boundaries will change for the 2022 election. See a map showing those changes(external link), or view the current wards and community board areas(external link).

Before you start your campaign, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

All candidates should refer to candidate information sheets for by-elections and to the candidate information booklet for the 2019 election [PDF, 30 MB]. The dates in the booklet relate to the 2019 elections; however, all other information is relevant to by-elections.

There are some important rules around how you use social media. Read our social media guidelines for candidates [PDF, 388 KB].

All election advertising, using any medium including social media, must identify the person under whose authority they have been produced, as per section 113 of the Local Electoral Act 2001. This requires an authorisation statement, clearly visible on any and all campaigning material including the name and physical address of the person authorising the advertising.

Election campaigning can commence at any time but should cease by the close of voting.

The use of hoardings, signage and billboards must comply with what is consented under the Christchurch City Council District Plan and resource consent for local election signage. Temporary party/candidate signage not already permitted under the District Plan shall only be displayed during the period beginning nine weeks before the day on which the voting period ends (polling day) and midnight before polling day.

All candidates should refer to the Guidelines for Temporary Local Election Signage [PDF, 217 KB].

The technical details [PDF, 239 KB] relating to these guidelines should be referred to for clarification regarding rules.

Council resources are not permitted to be used for campaigning purposes.

All candidates in elections and by-elections held under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 must file a return of electoral donations and expenses.

A candidate is required to keep a record of all electoral donations and campaign election expense and must furnish a return to the electoral officer within 55 days of the election result being declared, no later than Wednesday 18 December 2019.

If a candidate is outside New Zealand on the election result day, they have 76 days after the election result day to furnish their return.

Return of electoral donations and expenses form is available from the electoral officer.

Once the electoral expenses and electoral donations return forms and supporting documents are sent back to the council they become public documents and will be placed on the Council’s website and can be inspected by any person for the next seven years.

Any queries regarding these returns should be directed to the Electoral Officer Jo Daly on 03 941 8581 or

Campaign expenditure

Candidates have campaign expenditure limits and are required to file a return to the electoral officer after the election.

Section 111 of the Local Electoral Act 2001(external link) details the maximum amount of electoral expenses. The Candidate Information Booklet includes a summary from section 111(1) of the Act of maximum amount of electoral expenses (inclusive of goods and services tax) that a candidate must not exceed.

Campaign expenditure is all expenses relating to the campaign from the period three months before election day, plus any apportioned costs of any election campaigning that started before the three-month period. (Refer to section 112 of the Local Electoral Act 2001(external link).)

If a candidate is standing for more than one position (for example mayor and councillor), then the higher limit applies (not both combined).

The relevant sections of the Local Electoral Act 2001 on election expenses are available in the Candidate Information Booklet. Please note:

  1. Candidates are required to keep evidence of any election expenses for amounts exceeding $200.
  2. All candidates must submit a return of election expenses and donations form even if no expenses have been incurred or donations received.
  3. The $200 nomination deposit fee is not an electoral expense.

Electoral donations

Candidates should note the following with regard to electoral donations:

An electoral donation is a donation of money, goods or services that is made for use in a candidate’s electoral campaign (section 103A of the Local Electoral Act). Electoral donations and contributions to donations of more than $1500, including GST, are required to be declared in the candidate’s return of electoral expenses and donations. A series of donations made by one person that adds up to more than $1500 must also be declared.

An electoral donation includes:

  • Where a candidate is provided with goods or services free of charge that have a reasonable market value greater than $300.
  • Where a candidate is provided with discounted goods or services and the reasonable market value of the goods or services is greater than $300, the difference between the contract or agreed price and the reasonable market value of those goods and services is a donation.
  • Where a candidate sells over-valued goods or services, the difference between the price paid and the reasonable market value is a donation, for example a funding raising auction or dinner.

Donations to candidates can be made up of pooled funds contributed by more than one person (referred to as donations funded from contributions). These types of donations include, for example, campaign donations made through a trust, or where there is a fundraising collection for a candidate’s campaign.

Candidates must disclose, in their return of electoral donations and expenses, whether a donation is funded from contributions and the name and address of any individuals contributing amounts in excess of $1500. Anonymous donations made through contributions are limited to a maximum of $1500 per donation.

Candidates who receive an anonymous donation of more than $1500 are required to pay the amount over $1500 to the electoral officer (for payment into the Council’s general account).

The electoral officer’s role is to bring these matters to the attention of all candidates.

The Council publishes information requested by candidates in the lead-up to the Local Body Elections. This allows Council information to be available to all candidates on an equal basis. Information from the 2019 election is available below.