Helping New Zealand build strong communities


Nominating COGS committee members

Nominations closed on 1 March 2017.

Non-profit community organisations that have provided services for six months or more in the area served by a COGS committee may nominate local people in the elections for that COGS Committee.

  • Community organisations that requested COGS grants in 2015 and/or 2016 will receive a nomination form by email. We will use the contact information from the organisation profiles in our online system to send an email to your Group Email address. This email will invite community organisations to nominate local people as candidates.
  • Other local community organisations may contact us and we will send you the email invitation to nominate your candidate

Nominations can be made simply by replying to the email invitation with the name and contact details for your nominee.

We will contact each nominee to confirm their interest and discuss any other information we may need.

Who to nominate as candidates for election

Ideal candidates will:

  • know their local community
  • be able to work with others to make shared decisions
  • have experience of financial and/or management systems
  • be able to use electronic technology to assess and make recommendations on grant requests
  • be committed to acting with honesty and integrity, and not disclosing or using private or confidential information
  • be aware of the community outcomes for the previous COGS funding round
  • know about the community outcomes identified by the Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP, available at your local authority office or website)
  • have a basic understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga
  • be able to recognise and manage conflicts of interest
  • be committed to the Treaty of Waitangi.

To stand for election, candidates must:

  • be nominated by a community organisation
  • live or work in the area covered by the COGS committee
  • be over 18
  • be eligible to remain in New Zealand for the three-year term (this means you are a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or have a visa allowing you to remain in New Zealand for the three-year period*)
  • not be bankrupt or subject to a property order under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988
  • not be convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment (but people who have served or completed a sentence are eligible)
  • not be a permanent employee of the Department of Internal Affairs
  • not be a COGS committee member completing a second three-year term in a row.

*Note: COGS Committee members are elected for three year terms and may serve for up to two consecutive terms.

Electing COGS committee members

Community Organisation Grants Scheme