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Local elections are held once every three years. The elections are for city and district councils, regional councils and District Health Boards. In some parts of New Zealand, elections will also be held for local and community boards, licensing trusts and some other organisations. The Electoral Commission does not run these elections, but is responsible for voter enrolment.

The next local election is in October 2019.

All local elections are held by postal vote. Voting papers are posted to all voters who are enrolled about a month before voting starts. You must be enrolled to vote in local elections.

Only people who are correctly enrolled will receive their voting papers in the mail. Enrol, check or update your details here.

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Electoral Officers

Your electoral officers for this year’s elections are Kitea Tipuna (Electoral Officer) and Juanita Savage (Deputy Electoral Officer).

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Kitea Tipuna says that Wairoa has a proud history of participating in local government elections.

“Wairoa has rated in the top of the region for voter turnout in the last few elections ranging between 60%-65%.  We were the second highest district in the country for voter turnout in 2013 and we’re aiming to maintain and improve on this great record.”

“Election season is always an exciting time for us, we get to vote on a Mayor and Councillors for the Wairoa District Council, we get to vote on the Wairoa Councillor for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and we also get to vote on members for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.  All really important organisations that we as electors have the ability to determine once every three years and we in Wairoa take this very seriously.  It’s really important to us that we have our say."

Pre-Election Report

The preparation and issue of this report is a legislated requirement of the Local Government Act 2002, as part of the triennial election cycle. This report has been prepared by the Chief Executive and has not had any input from elected members.

The purpose of the report is to provide information about the local authority in the lead up to the local government election on 12 October 2019.

2019 Pre-election report

Previous elections

2015 By-election Results and Expenses

2016 Election Results and Expenses

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Election day is Saturday 12 October 2019 and voting closes at midday on that day.  The voting period starts on Friday 20 September 2019.

Voting in Local Body Elections takes place by postal voting. If you are registered on the New Zealand Electoral Roll, voting papers will be sent to your registered address by 25 September 2019.

To learn more about the differences between First Past the Post (FFP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV) and how they affect voting in local body elections please refer to the Department of Internal Affairs website.

If you qualify to do so you can apply for a special vote by contacting the Electoral Officer at your local council. Special votes are available during the three-week voting period where electors:

  • names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify
  • did not receive a voting document
  • spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them
  • names appear on the unpublished electoral roll.

Anyone casting a special vote is legally required to complete a statutory declaration to ensuring that each person only casts votes once.

Then you may qualify to vote in both areas for the local authority elections on 12 October 2019.

You have the chance to have your say about how your rates are spent no matter where you live with the Ratepayer Electoral Roll. In order for your voting papers to arrive before the election you must register for the Ratepayer Electoral Roll before August 12 2016.

The Ratepayer Electoral Roll is an electoral roll that records voters who pay rates on a property in a territorial authority (city or district council) outside of the area they usually live to vote as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that district.

For example if you have a beach house, holiday home, business or whanau land in Wellington but normally live in Napier.

Please note that you may enrol, but you do not have to.

If you think you, or someone you know, might be eligible for the ratepayer electoral roll, you will need to obtain an Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors from the council where you pay your rates e.g. if you live in Southland and own a holiday home in Blenheim then you need to contact the Marlborough District Council for an enrolment form.

To be recorded on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll you must submit your enrolment form with the Electoral Officer at the council where you wish to register for the roll before August 2019. All registered voters who enrolled before this date will appear on the final Ratepayer Electoral Roll and be sent voting papers in the mail.

No. Only one ratepayer elector can be nominated per property irrespective of the number of properties owned by the individual, company, society, trust, partnership or other organisation.

For example if you and your siblings own a property only one of you can vote as the entitlement is from paying rates on a property not as an individual living in the area.

No. Only one ratepayer elector can be nominated per property irrespective of the number of properties owned by the individual, company, society, trust, partnership or other organisation e.g. the authorised officer or largest shareholder.

There may be internal rules which dictate who may be listed as the eligible voter, if not, it is best to talk to your fellow owners and agree upon who can vote and seek further advice from your local council electoral officer.

No. You are only eligible for the ratepayer roll for other territorial authorities where you pay rates not for different wards within the same council.

For example, you may own the apartment you live on in Auckland’s Queen Street and pay rates for the home you own in the Rodney Ward. In this case you are not eligible for inclusion on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

The Ratepayer Electoral Roll allows people who own one home but live in another to vote for the council where their rates are paid. Situations that is applicable to include having to move town to secure work but keeping a home, owning a holiday home, or owning a property where you plan to retire outside of the region where you currently live. It allows property owners to have a say in how the community is shaped and what the area will be like in the future.

No, if you don’t register in time you can still cast a vote as a ratepayer elector but it needs to be cast as a Special Vote. This means you need to request special voting papers and make a statutory declaration. After the election closes Special Votes are counted last as additional checks need to be performed to make sure the vote cast is a legal one.

Yes. You need to contact the electoral officer for the council where you own property and request to be added to the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

If the ratepayer is a trust, or company, there may be internal rules that dictates who can be listed as the eligible voter. If not, it is best to talk to your fellow owners and agree who can vote and seek further advice from your local council electoral officer.

Yes, you are able to register as an unpublished ratepayer voter. As your details are not published and provided to Electoral Officers this means you need to contact the Electoral Officer at the council where you are eligible to vote as a ratepayer elector vote and apply for Special Vote using the same process as you would to vote in your residential electorate.

To check if you are enrolled to vote visit the elections website.

The electoral officer has full responsibility for running the election.

The electoral officer is:

  • Kitea Tipuna
    Wairoa District Council
    Coronation Square, Queen Street, Wairoa 4108 PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160
    +64 6 838 7309

Council’s deputy electoral officer is:

  • Juanita Savage
    Wairoa District Council
    Coronation Square, Queen Street, Wairoa 4108 PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160
    +64 6 838 7309

Electors will be able to vote for the Mayor, Ward Councillors, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Members and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Members.

The Mayor:

  • presides at Council meetings;
  • attends and participates at meetings of committees and working parties;
  • reads agenda and other materials before meetings;
  • leads the Council and co-ordinates Council political activity;
  • speaks on behalf of the Council;
  • represents the Council on related organisations, where appointed;
  • attends and participates at conferences and seminars;
  • attends to complaints and enquiries from members of the public;
  • presides at civic ceremonies;
  • hosts visiting groups, including overseas delegations;
  • attends and speaks at local functions, sometimes opening them;
  • declares a state of civil defence emergency in the district if the need arises.

The Councillors:

  • participate in strategic and long-term planning for the whole district;
  • develop policy across a wide range of activities and services;
  • represent the district at functions as required;
  • review and develops bylaws for the district;
  • advocate on a wide range of issues;
  • coordinates and forms partnerships with other spheres of government and other agencies;
  • participate in the appointment and performance review of the Chief Executive;
  • act on all these matters within a legislative and regulatory framework, and setting a budget and rates;
  • monitor the performance of the Council organisation.


You must be a New Zealand citizen and your name must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand).

You will need to have two electors registered in the area of the election you are standing for to nominate you – e.g. if you stand as a General Ward councillor, the nominators will need to be registered within the district on the General roll. (Note the candidate does not need to reside in the district in which he/she is standing, but will need to disclose that fact in his/her candidate profile statement).

The nominators must also be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll at the address they are listed on the nomination paper (which must be in the area that they are nominating the person for).

Nominations open on Friday 19 July 2019. If you would like a nomination paper and candidate information handbook sent out, please contact the electoral officer closer to this date. Nomination papers will also be available on Council’s website ( from 15 July 2019, with the candidate information booklet available in June 2019.

Candidate campaigning can commence any time prior to the election (no time restriction), but any expenditure made, within or outside the three month applicable period before election day, must be accounted for.

You will need to pay a nomination deposit of $200 GST inclusive. This deposit applies to each issue (election) you stand for.

Your nomination deposit can be paid by cash, cheque, EPTPOS or electronic bank transfer. However, if you pay the deposit by cheque and if it is dishonoured after nominations close, your nomination will not be accepted.

If you poll greater than 25% of the lowest polling successful candidate (for FPP elections) or more than 25% of the final quota as determined by the last iteration (for STV elections) you will receive your nomination deposit back.

Your nomination must be received by the close of nominations (12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019).

Nothing formal.  Elected members come from all walks of life and generally have a will/desire to serve the community.

No, not for the Wairoa District Council or the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council elections. For the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board election a criminal record may affect your candidacy. 

No, but you must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand) and be a New Zealand citizen. You will however need to disclose whether or not you reside in the area you are standing for in the candidate profile statement.

The two people who nominate you must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll within the area you are standing for, i.e. General Roll or Maori Roll.

There is a limit on what you can spend on your campaign and it relates to the population of the area you are standing for.  

The maximum amount that can be spent by a candidate cannot exceed the limits set out below:

Local government area population Expenditure limit
Up to 4,999 $3,500
5,000 – 9,999 $7,000

For example, a candidate for Ward Councillor (which has a population in the range of 'Up to 4,999') can spend up to $3,500 inclusive of GST. A candidate for Mayor (which has a population in the range of '5,000 - 9,999') can spend up to $7,000 inclusive of GST.

If you stand for more than one position, the amount you can spend is the highest amount for one position. You cannot add positions together to allow you to spend more than the limit.

All candidates are required to lodge an electoral donations and expenses return within 55 days after the day on which the successful candidates are declared to be elected.

If a candidate is outside New Zealand on this day, the return must be filed within 76 days after election result day.

If a return is not submitted within the required time period, the non-return will be advised to the New Zealand Police for enforcement.

The return needs to be received before a candidate nomination deposit is refunded if appropriate.

You will need to call the electoral office on 06 838 7309.

You will need to call the electoral office on 06 838 7309.

You will need to call the electoral office on 06 838 7309.

Election signs are not permitted on any Council property. However election signs can be placed on private property with the owner’s consent. 

Election signs can only be displayed during the period commencing two months prior to election day and must be removed before midnight on the day before election day – i.e. from Monday 12 August 2019 until midnight Friday 11 October 2016.


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